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- File Size: 300 KB
- Print Length: 96 pages
- Publisher: Uncle Seth Cutler Press (4 Feb. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0075X8Q1K
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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Southeast Asian Quartet: Robbie Cutler Stories Kindle Edition
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When talk turns to Singapore's wealth of material for writers and storytellers, Basil says: "After all, we are Russian, French, British (don't quibble McLarty!), and American. That covers the greats of short story writing ... Chekhov, Maupassant, Maugham and O.Henry. I propose we start a story club, here and now."
That's the setup for four intriguing stories that may be partly imaginary but are rooted in truth.
Robbie spins a tale of a love triangle and a murderous rage fueled by the fruit of the durian tree, a popular but ugly, foul-smelling fruit said to be a great aphrodisiac.
McLarty and Emily share the story of a climbing expedition up Mount Kinabulu in Borneo, and of exploring Kinabalu National Park. The park is home to the tree-dwelling great ape, the Orang Utan, "an animal that shares 97% of homo sapiens' DNA." The heart of McLarty's story is his dream of an encounter with a family of Orang Utans.
Marigot's story takes us back to 1954 and the fall of Dien Bien Phu, which sounds the death knell for French colonialism. Years later, when Marigot is about 10 years old, a T'ai woman shows up at his grandparents' house with personal items left by Marigot's grandfather when he escaped from VietNam. The family welcomes her. Grandfather Marigot's poignant story, which his family hears for the first time, reveals the utter madness of war.
Basil tells the legendary story of Jim Thompson, the "Thai silk king." Thompson was an OSS officer in World War II, later a CIA agent and finally a Bangkok businessman. In 1967 he went on holiday with friends to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. One afternoon he walked into the jungle to look for rare orchids and was never heard from again.
Basil takes the story that far, and leaves it up to the other storytellers to offer their opinions on what really happened to Jim Thompson. That's a real-life guessing game that still continues.
The stories transported me to another time and place. Well written and enjoyable, I really did feel the atmosphere of Southeast Asia. Who can ask for more from an evening's reading entertainment?
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