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Jasmine NightsMovement the Kennedy assassination growing up in the '60s the Thai aristocracy and a 12 year old boy's search for his. In the semi autobiographical novel 'Jasmine Nights' SP Somtow tells about some faithful weeks in the life of the twelve year old boy Justin aka Little Frog Raised in England but left by his parents under the custody of his three aunts in Thailand Justin comes out of his secluded childhood and learns about the facts of life Somtow weaves themes of prejudices ineuality and racism into his tale which is mainly about the discovery of sex and the loss of childhood On the way Little Frog also discovers his destination in life but this seems a minor discovery in the scope of thingsIn his writing Somtow heavily relies on references to classic literature Homer Virgil Ovid which suits the main character well but which leads to all too pompous passages especially in the two opening chapters which could use some heavy editing Besides Somtow leaves many Thai words untranslated even if a perfect sensible English euivalent is present eg Nam Plaa for Thai fish sauce The glossary at the end of the book unfortunately only adds to the pompousness of the bookLuckily despite these flaws Somtow turns out to be an excellent narrator and he brings the adventures of Little Frog in 1963 Bangkok which feels surprisingly rural in this book very well to life 'Jasmin Nights' is no masterpiece but makes an entertaining read for those visiting ThailandBeware this particular edition is hampered by an abysmal cover and weird typos which even render one sentence unreadable

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Jasmine Nights review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB Å Set in 1963 this kaleidoscopic boy's eye view of a turbulent time in history is a story about the American civil rights movement the Kennedy assassination growing up in the '60s the Thai aristocracy and a 12 year old boy's search for his place in a modern world His adventure is a joyous tPlace in a modern world His adventure is a joyous testament to the resiliency and implicit goodness of the human spirit. I like this book but it wasn’t holding my interest It takes place in Thailand in the 1960’s and this memoir like novel has a bit of magical realism with a lot Odysseus Homer and Virgil also in the mixI hope want to be in the mood for this book another time I read 104 of 379 pages

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Set in 1963 this kaleidoscopic boy's eye view of a turbulent time in history is a story about the American civil rights. The description of this book doesn't uite do it justice I hate to drop high falutin' literary terms but it's a cross between magic realism and a bildungromancoming of age story in which a boy uivering on the cusp of adolescence discovers many things about himself his family's culture and the tumult of the world outside his family compound and outside Thailand Very different from the other books of Somtow's I've read It's positively realistic in comparisonThe only drawback why I gave it four rather than five stars was that I'm curious to know a titch about the protagonist's life before coming to live with his Thai family as it seems like he'd not lived in the country before but I couldn't find any mention of where he DID live I also noticedI hesitate to call it a Gary Stu element but rather a tinge of autobiography about this largely in the moving between countries and cultures as a child and the being slated to attend Eton I wouldn't mind knowing how intentional that was