Wanna stand in the face of a charging elephant, get hit by a motorcycle, eat giant water bugs, blowtorch your mouth on some of the hottest chili peppers on earth, then go watch a sex change operation Of course you don t, but, happily, Jerry Hopkins has done all that and lots in this darkly humorous, deeply affectionate, clear eyed but never patronizing portrait Wanna stand in the face of a charging elephant, get hit by a motorcycle, eat giant water bugs, blowtorch your mouth on some of the hottest chili peppers on earth, then go watch a sex change operation Of course you don t, but, happily, Jerry Hopkins has done all that and lots in this darkly humorous, deeply affectionate, clear eyed but never patronizing portrait of Thailand, his adopted home Highly recommended Tim Cahill, author of Lost in My Own Backyard, Hold the Enlightenment and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh After over a decade in the country, Hopkins knows and loves his subject dearly that much is obvious and his vivid portrait projects that love from every page Jann Wenner, editor and founder of Rolling Stone Magazine A loving expose of everything that s wonderful about Thailand, and much that isn t Should be required reading for all newcomers Joe Cummings, author of the Lonely Planet Thailand GuideWriter Jerry Hopkins came to Thailand for a visit in the 1980s, and ended up a permanent resident with a temporary visa a big, white farang haunting the bars and back alleys of Bangkok His essays explore the mystery and mayhem of The Land of Smiles to hilarious and sometimes disturbing effect Travel with him to a place where whisky is rum, water buffaloes are gay, insects are dinner, dildos are lucky charms, and your wildest adolescent fantasies can come true for a nominal fee.
Thailand Confidential Wanna stand in the face of a charging elephant get hit by a motorcycle eat giant water bugs blowtorch your mouth on some of the hottest chili peppers on earth then go watch a sex change operation
Entertaining as a diary, but not at all representative of Thailand as a whole unless you consider tabloid type stories accurate representations of a whole country Happy to read his stories as a foreigner living in another country very funny, although he gets a little overly negative after a few stories However, I don t agree with the representation of this author as some sort of expert on Thailand maybe on Thai smut, but certainly not Thai culture as a whole So, take this with a grain of salt en [...]
For me, this book was a nice chance to reminisce about living in Thailand It was published several years before I went to Thailand, but many of the chapters still held true The first section of chapters were my favorites Behind the Smiles incorporates chapters on Thai language and Thai, the King, and many other apparent cultural differences integral to Thai life that are notable as a foreigner living there The chapters on food were fun to read too, because my foreign palate faced many of the sam [...]
This book is evidence of what happens when there is little to no editing involved Some of the stories offer an interesting insight to certain aspects of living in Thailand and Thai culture in general, but the majority of the writing is poor, and the use of punctuation or, sometimes, the complete lack of it is horrendous.
I loved the book Jerry Hopkins kept me smiling all the way to the end of the book Just imagine you go for a drink with a friend and he tells you his own experience in the country he is residing that s how it felt reading the book.
Anytime I go to Thailand a little reading follows.
Ein Auswanderer nach Thailand, der dort vor Schreiben des Buches 10 Jahre gelebt hat, erz hlt in von einander unabh ngigen Kapiteln von Aspekten seines Lebens in Thailand, die seiner Einsch tzung nach nicht so oft in verschiedenen Medien r berkommen Ich habe das Buch gekauft und gelesen, weil ich derweil in Backpackerurlaub in Thailand war Daher fand ich die Informationen darin sehr interessant Es sind tats chlich gr tenteils Sachen, die zumindest nicht im Reisef hrer stehen oder direkt auffalle [...]
The perfect book to enlighten the reader of a fascinating country and it s culture So much to know and the author does a nice job of sharing his first hand accounts of the place The reader can skip a chapter I didn t, my wife did here and there and still enjoy this book as each chapter stands alone I finished it while in Thailand Had I fininshed it before leaving home, I may have had fewer questions when I got there Maybe I would have had
A fabulous collection of stories about the Land of Smiles, written by the witty and hilarious Jerry Hopkins, an expat who has lived, seen, and done it all in Thailand He paints a vivid portrait of the Thai way of life, in many stories sharing the historical context I learned a lot about the culture, at least from a farang perspective, and so thoroughly enjoyed this read Highly, highly recommend this book as a pre Thailand adventure read
Some enjoyable essays on the ex pat s life in Thailand They don t try to cover much political or important social ground, but rather give a fun look at an outsider s life in Thailand Worth reading if you are interested or plan to visit Bangkok.
GREAT BOOK IF YOU RE PLANNING ON GOING TO THAILAND, JERRY HOPKINS GIVES SOME VERY GOOD INSIGHTS INTO THAILAND WHICH THE LONELY PLANET, ROUGH GUIDE, SITS ON THE FENCE ABOUT OR JUST DOESN T KNOW ABOUT THAT SAID SOME OF THE DETAIL HE GOES INTO IS PAINFULLY DULL TO READ.
Written by a journalist who retired to Bangkok Collection of nonfiction essays about Thai culture Great book for anyone going to Thailand.
A fun, light read that will prep you with Bangkok s underbelly, that don t let them be discovered during a week of touristy visit.