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Sightseeing review Ù 0 ✓ 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 BookBrowseSightseeing 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 youYoung girl witnesses her proud father's valiant but foolhardy and drawn out battle against the local delinuent and violent hoodlum whose family's vicious stranglehold on the villagers has passed down unchecked through generationsThrough 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 hom. Six short stories and one novella mostly uite melancholic but with the occasional glimpse of humour or joy My favourites were the eponymous story about a mother and son going on vacation to a remote island before the mother loses her vision and Priscilla the Cambodian featuring a feisty world weary Cambodian child refugee with a mouth full of gold

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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 BookBrowseSightseeing 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 encroachi. This book of short stories set in Thailand has been on my shelves since 2012 and I finally got to it for my 2019 Asian reading project These are slice of life stories and a novella about cockfighting They remind me a lot of the book of short stories set in Hawaii I read last year where the locals are the focusThe author was born in Chicago and raised in Thailand so these stories are not translations but still feel like an inside perspective

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SightseeingNg WesternizationIn 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. This is a really exceptional collection of short stories well in actuality 6 short stories and a novella and I say that as someone who doesn't generally appreciate the shorter format Lapcharoensap has an uncanny ability to channel characters narrators from widely varying backgrounds from an elderly white semi racist stroke victim in 'Please Don't Let Me Die in This Place' to a Thai teenage girl coping with her gambler father in 'Cockfighter' to a young refugee girl with gold plated teeth in 'Priscilla the Cambodian' Two of these stories 'At the Café Lovely' and 'Draft Day' were loosely adapted for the very fine independent film 'How to Win at Checkers Every Time' which is also worth seeking out Oddly given his inherent talent and the praise this initial collection garnered back in 2005 the author has only published two short stories in magazines since One hopes we'll be hearing from this talented author again very soon