... of short stories about Thailand, the Thai People and their often very different relationships with the rest of the world. And what a caleidoscope, what a large range of different Thai characters I was so pleased to find in this book written by William Peskett!
Once in a blue moon - searching for some ebook to take with me on a voyage to my beloved Southeast Asia - I stumble over some rare gem, something totally new in its genre, and this time it was an author I never have heard or read before. So, curious and nosy as I am, I began to 'dive' into this collection - and finished it in one evening, very but very very gratified!
Rarely I have read a story going that deep into the question of 'face' and pride in the Thai society as in 'The Last Boat to Samui'... In the 'Peacock's Tail' happens what can happen to a couple that isn't able to keep an open relationship - open in the sense of 'loving and caring'... In the 'Laos Theory' a squashed mosquito from the Ang Nanm Ngum reservoir sends out its consequences into far far countries... With PI Kress also Mr Peskett has created his personal kind of 'snooper', of that kind with a soft spot for the weaker (or stronger???) sex... In 'Pica' a woman from Mae Hong Son turns out to be a human 'Thieving Magpie' specialized on - Eh-no - read it, I don't spoil!!! In 'Confectionery' a manager, a very nice and caring father and family man reveals his personal, better said 'intimate' preferences to the unspoilt reader... Two stories - 'Paddy Fields Forever' and 'Hide and Seek' - mingle with the Irish past of the author... After the 'Letter from Nowhere'... gripping... nothing other to say - I wept... I was absolutely stunned by 'The Mist of the Jungle' - especially by that story - and the accurate description of nice cultural differences between Ranong and Manchester. And I suppose it is the deepness and (maybe personal relation ?) of this special story that the author named the whole book after it... The Night is a Starry Dome: the History of Thailand explained by a Greek - and the roots of two half-Thai/half-Greek children found on Creta and something so deep a little Isaan heart (almost... :) could not carry...
I absolutely had to read ALL of them once again, because they are so special. But I also had to find the right words to give them MY review they deserve. And I bought other books likeMango and Sticky Rice,Losing Yourself, too. And I am very happy with what I found out!
For now, Mr William Peskett - You are at the top of my Southeast Asian reading discoveries of the year!
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