An edition of Sightseeing (2005)

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An edition of Sightseeing (2005)

Sightseeing

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A glorious fiction debut written with exceptional acuity by an award-winning twenty-five-year-old Thai-American writer. Read a complete short story at BookBrowse.

Sightseeing is a masterful new work of fiction, a collection of stories set in contemporary Thailand and written with a grace and sophistication that belie the age of its young author. These are generous, tender tales of family bonds, youthful romance, generational conflicts, and cultural shiftings beneath the glossy surface of a warm, Edenic setting. Rattawut Lapcharoensap offers a diverse, humorous, and deeply affectionate view of life in a small Southeast Asian country that is inevitably absorbing the waves of encroaching Westernization.

In the prizewinning opening story, "Farangs," the young son of a modest beachside motel owner commits the cardinal sin of falling for a pretty tourist, and the confrontation that ensues between the native boy and the girl's pompous American boyfriend culminates wondrously amid flying mangoes and Clint Eastwood—a pet pig—swimming out to sea. In "Sightseeing," the much-anticipated holiday of a young man about to leave for college and his loving and fiercely independent mother becomes a different kind of pilgrimage altogether when they are forced to confront the mother's impending blindness. The concluding novella, "Cockfighter," is a triumph of storytelling in which a young girl witnesses her proud father's valiant but foolhardy and drawn-out battle against the local delinquent and violent hoodlum whose family's vicious stranglehold on the villagers has passed down unchecked through generations.

Through his vivid assemblage of parents and children, natives and transients, ardent lovers and sworn enemies, Lapcharoensap dares us to look with new eyes at the circumstances that shape our views and the prejudices that form our blind spots. Gorgeous and lush, painful and candid, Sightseeing is an extraordinary reading experience, one that powerfully reveals that when it comes to how we respond to pain, anger, hurt, and love, no place is too far from home.

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Grove Press
Language
English
Pages
272

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Sightseeing
2018, Atlantic Books, Limited
in English
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Sightseeing
2007, Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
in English
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Sightseeing
2006, Atlantic Books
Paperback
Cover of: Sightseeing
Sightseeing
April 14, 2005, Atlantic Books
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Sightseeing: stories
2005, Grove Press
in English - 1st ed.
Cover of: Sightseeing
Sightseeing: Stories
2005-01-01, Grove
Cover of: Sightseeing
Sightseeing
Nov 14, 2005, Picador
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Sightseeing
December 12, 2005, Grove Press
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First Sentence

"This is how we count the days."

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Format
Paperback
Number of pages
272
Dimensions
7.2 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches
Weight
8.8 ounces

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OL7875119M
ISBN 10
0802142346
ISBN 13
9780802142344
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93495
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212246

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