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An engrossing (not trashy) "feel good story" with some insight into Thai bar girls
on 12 August 2017
I downloaded this having heard of the author when he submitted a different book to Kindle Scout. Despite my initials thoughts of this book just being about bar girls in Thailand, it's so much better than that. It's very much a feel good story, with well developed characters that you care about, a story that ties together and a feeling that there is good in the world. So as long as the backdrop doesn't bother you (with some shortish but not graphic abuse scenes) and if you enjoy a powerful and moving drama you may well be very surprised at this satisfying read, as I was.
The main character, Siswan, escapes an abusive background and makes a life for herself in the Asian beaches where bars are frequented by farangs (foreigners) who drink a lot and pay for sex with the bar girls. Siswan doesn't want to be a bar girl; she wants to improve her life so she watches and learns and tries to make a difference, becoming a strong woman in the process.
It may not be the most realistic portrayal of a young Asian girl (after all it is written by a western man) but it's pretty darn good escapism with some insight into the plight of the bar girls. It is all wrapped up a little too cleanly at the end but I don't care, I enjoyed it.
There is some swearing but only where appropriate and there's certainly not a lot of it. Considering the subject matter naturally there's talk of sex but nothing graphic and of course there's violence but again it's all in context. Well done David Thompson, you surprised me, I have downloaded some of your other books now. One suggestion, get a better cover, this one implies trash and this is not a trashy or sleazy read.