Gulfs of Thailand by Michael Smithies
A follow-up to Smithies' 1993 collection of short stories, Bight of Bangkok, the stories in this collection are based on factual accounts and incidents either reported in local newspapers or recounted directly to the author. Using these real-life stories as a point of departure, Smithies creates a series of imaginative elaborations rooted in fact that explore motive and character. While the stories reflect a society in the midst of cultural transition and growing income disparity, they are meant to entertain rather than instruct. This humorous collection portrays the tolerance and patience, warmth and dignity that are fundamental to the Thai character.
Chiang Mai 1999
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