Lawrence Osborne [Pdf] Bangkok Days



10 thoughts on “Bangkok Days

  1. says:

    God how to describe this book imagine if O'Rourke were British and little less concerned with sociology and politics and a little philosophical and you can begin to imagine Lawrence Osborne First off a caveat this book which was just published this year is marketed almost as some sort of expose on the steamy so

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    This is the second book I've read recently where one's impression may be swayed by gender Having never been a woman I'm not sure but I think that Osborne's descriptions of the largely male characters in his Bangkok expat life might not seem

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    Borrowed this book from a friend while living in Bangkok This was my daily BTS read for a bit than a month It's hard for me to put into words what I liked and did not like about this book But lets try It's an interesting introduction to the fucked up lives of dirty farang 'foreigner' in Thai expats living in Bangkok that seek to escape their past There are many of them here and I bet this is one of the the best books written abo

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    Readers of this book should take note of these words in chapter 4 memoirs are rarely empirical in nature They are statements of purpose descriptions of life as the writer WOULD LIKE IT TO BE His emphasis but the faultless memoir doesn't exist indeed it's a lame moralistic fantasy James Frey couldn't have put it better That Osborne

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    I read this book concurrently with Farang by Iain Corness as a sort of antidote to that books vanilla contentThe author travelled t

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    A great book to read during a time when it's hard to travel Bangkok Days investigates various nooks and crannies of the Big Mango that while fascinating I don't particularly want to go to personally Osborne is “on the lam” in Bangkok a place he can live cheap he makes this discovery while visiting to have dental work done“The days were empty by design I didn’t have a job; I was on the lam as old American gangsters had it A perfec

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    I suppose Lawrence Osborne's memoir Bangkok Days 2009 isn't for everyone since the Bangkok it describes is that of single middle aged men running away hiding searching or just living out their last days in a vital

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    No one is a victim in Osborne's Bangkok or perhaps everyone is This is especially true in his interpretation of the sex industry which dominates the majority of the book's focus There are no villains either and on at least 3 occasions the book aims to dispute Bangkok prostitution statistics gathered from the U

  9. says:

    Lonely middle aged white man writes about lonely middle aged white men in Bangkok That's a real perspective and there's some good phrasing and a few fun stories but in the end it's too limited to be very interesting

  10. says:

    I visited Bangkok for the first time only weeks before reading this book and really enjoyed following the adventures of Lawrence Osbourne in a small underworld community of foreign transplants to Bangkok It's a travelogue and nothing too momentous happens but the sights sounds impressions are beautifully narrated I particularly enj

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SUMMARY ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Lawrence Osborne

Tourists come to Bangkok for many reasons a night of love a stay in a luxury hotel or simply to disappear for a while Lawrence Osborne comes for the cheap dentistry and then stays when he finds he can live off just a fe God how to describe this book imagine if O Rourke were British and little less concerned with sociology and politics and a little philosophical and you can begin to imagine Lawrence Osborne First off a caveat this book which was just published this year is marketed almost as some sort of expose on the steamy sordid underworld of Bangkok As the subtitle says A Sojourn in the Capital of Pleasure which resides on the book jacket next to an ostensible working girl her face partially obscured by shadow but her red lips are nevertheless highlighted and parted I was almost embarrassed when I check it out of the local library There actually isn t a lot of sex in this book and it certainly isn t central to book itself The inside jacket gets it a little better when it states Osborne takes us to a feverish place where a strange blend of ancient Buddhist practice and new sexual s has created a version of modernity only superficially indebted to the West Bangkok Days is a love letter to the city that revived Osborne s faith in adventure and in the worldAt it s core I think the book is about why people travel in particular those of us that are predestined to be expatriates those of us that feel at home when they re away from home because they don t really have a home at best they are from somewhere More specifically the book does look at why Bangkok and Thailand attract this type of person including our intrepid Mr Osborne I forget what it was that bugged me somewhat about the first third of the book I didn t have a lot of preconceived notions about the book I merely got it because I have read a few of Osborne s pieces in magazines before and his books often come recommended from other travel writers and their readers that I like That and my interest in all things Southeast Asian lead me to check it out Whatever it was that I had a problem with hence the 4 instead of 5 stars seemed to have worked itself out by the middle of the book I was so enthralled I reserved another of his books at the library before I was done with this oneThis is excellent travel writing witty and insightful without the pablum one usually finds in typical travel writing which I think of as vacation writing often than not To wit one of my favorite uotes and one of the last paragraphs of the bookIt was at that moment that I remembered why I liked Buddhism despite being unable to adopt it because there was no drama of love at its heart Love simply didn t insinuate itself into its view of animals and people where were seen coldly and clearly for what they are The misery of love didn t take center stage at all It was breathtaking when you compared it to us who are taught to believe in love from day one who believe in love as a sort of birthright We don t see ourselves as coldly as that We think our lives are great meaningful dramas defined by love and of course they are nothing of the sort Keep in mind this is obviously some missing some context which would take too long to get into here The book itself is not as cynical as this uote might make it seem although the book is nevertheless rather British shall we say it does have a healthy dose of post modern post colonial cynicism about it but then I m a Yank maybe a Brit would find Osborne upbeat In the end the best I can say about this book is that I hope I run into Osborne some day in a dingy hotel bar on the other side of the world If I do the first few rounds are on me

CHARACTERS Bangkok Days

Bangkok Days

W dollars a dayOsborne's Bangkok is a vibrant instinctual city full of contradictions He wanders the streets dining on insects trawling through forgotten neighbourhoods decayed temples and sleazy barsFar than a travel b I read this book concurrently with Farang by Iain Corness as a sort of antidote to that books vanilla contentThe author travelled to Thailand to get some cut price dentistry and discovered he could live in Bangkok for practically no money so he stayed Throughout the book he comes and goes from Thailand but it is never really explained At various points he has no money and resorts to stealing other times he is just poor and is supported by his fellow farang other times he seems well offHis story revolves around the non touristy Bangkok He spends a lot of time walking around the lesser known parts of the city The parts where the servants to the wealthy live and the urban areas and their hidden sights And of course it tells the story of his fellow expat weirdos and the unusual lives they live in BangkokThe book contains some great descriptive writing and the author is obviously fond of the back streets the grit the aging colour and the fringe culture While there are many mentions of sex and the prostitution well known in Bangkok it is certainly not central to the narrative but always present and the author remains surprisingly coy about his involvement along these lines There is a certain cynicism to the book which suggests the author is living alongside the other characters rather than with them It is probably worth touching on the other farang in this book as the large part of the story revolves around them They are I guess a pretty sad but realistic bunch of expats living hiding in the city They include the ex military Scotsman living across the border is Cambodia running an adventure guiding business among the mines who spends time in Bangkok looking for guests than he does with his wife in Cambodia there is the aging and lonely retired Australian bank manager preparing to die here a strange an eccentric Spanish artist the mysterious McGinnis whose background and business are never clear Lionel the gay French journalist with the attractive wife in a marriage of convenience a German BMW salesman having a testicle amputated who Osborne meets in hospitalThe book covers a lot of ground and there is a lot of detail in the stories but one can t help thinking there is a bit of embellishment going on here There is plenty of opportunity to mix and match stories as there is no real avenue for validation however the sleazy bars the decaying temples the strange characters all make for a good read On this train of thought I like the uote on the back cover Far than a travel book Bangkok Days explores both the little known extraordinary city and the lives of a handful of doomed expatriates living there as vivid a set of liars and losers as was ever invented by Graham Greene Three and a half stars rounded up Poslije svega (After, price dentistry and discovered he could live in Bangkok for Die Herrenschneiderei practically no money so he stayed Throughout the book he comes and goes from Thailand but it is never really explained At various Calling Cards: Uncover Your Calling points he has no money and resorts to stealing other times he is just Cities of God poor and is supported by his fellow farang other times he seems well offHis story revolves around the non touristy Bangkok He spends a lot of time walking around the lesser known Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone parts where the servants to the wealthy live and the urban areas and their hidden sights And of course it tells the story of his fellow expat weirdos and the unusual lives they live in BangkokThe book contains some great descriptive writing and the author is obviously fond of the back streets the grit the aging colour and the fringe culture While there are many mentions of sex and the Pretend God Is Deaf prostitution well known in Bangkok it is certainly not central to the narrative but always Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide present and the author remains surprisingly coy about his involvement along these lines There is a certain cynicism to the book which suggests the author is living alongside the other characters rather than with them It is Las Puertas Del Amor probably worth touching on the other farang in this book as the large Discoveries part of the story revolves around them They are I guess a A Fire Within: Sekret Machines Series, Book 2 pretty sad but realistic bunch of expats living hiding in the city They include the ex military Scotsman living across the border is Cambodia running an adventure guiding business among the mines who spends time in Bangkok looking for guests than he does with his wife in Cambodia there is the aging and lonely retired Australian bank manager Idenics preparing to die here a strange an eccentric Spanish artist the mysterious McGinnis whose background and business are never clear Lionel the gay French journalist with the attractive wife in a marriage of convenience a German BMW salesman having a testicle amputated who Osborne meets in hospitalThe book covers a lot of ground and there is a lot of detail in the stories but one can t help thinking there is a bit of embellishment going on here There is Night Owl Loonette plenty of opportunity to mix and match stories as there is no real avenue for validation however the sleazy bars the decaying temples the strange characters all make for a good read On this train of thought I like the uote on the back cover Far than a travel book Bangkok Days explores both the little known extraordinary city and the lives of a handful of doomed expatriates living there as vivid a set of liars and losers as was ever invented by Graham Greene Three and a half stars rounded up

SUMMARY ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Lawrence Osborne

Ook Bangkok Days explores both the little known extraordinary city and the lives of a handful of doomed ex patriates living there 'as vivid a set of liars and losers as was ever invented by Graham Greene' New York Times Lonely middle aged white man writes about lonely middle aged white men in Bangkok That s a real perspective and there s some good phrasing and a few fun stories but in the end it s too limited to be very interesting