In case you are not aware that a Thai person is capable of writing in English

“Rattawut Lapcharoensap was born in Chicago and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. He is the author of Sightseeing, a collection of short stories, which won the Asian American Literary Award, was chosen for the National Book Foundation’s inaugural “5 Under 35″ program, and was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award. His work has appeared in Granta, Zoetrope, and One Story, among others. In 2007, Granta magazine named him in its list of Best Young American Novelists”

From the back cover of the book:

“The jewelled seas and sandy beaches of Thailand are a dream destination for most of us, but for the characters in Sightseeing they are home. Rattawut Lapcharoensap’s storytelling embraces the everyday in the exotic, to reveal a country that is dynamic and corrupt, full of pride, passion and fear. Sightseeing is an exploration of what it means to be a son, a brother, a parent, a lover, a Thai – and a disenfranchised resident of the global village.”

I was very entertained by the story that Khun Rattawut read in the clip. It is quite amusing, especially when it contains traces of truth about Thailand. He is going to be well-known soon. People in the West have already recognised his talent and complimented him on his debut book. Someone even likened his writing style to part Paul Theroux and part Haruki Murakami – I find the comparison with the latter slightly exaggerated. It is time for a Thai writer – who possibly can write better English than some born English-speaking writers – to voice his literary perspectives about Thailand and beyond.


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