Mask James King

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Published: August 28th 2013

Kindle Edition

265 pages


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Mask  by  James   King

Mask by James King
August 28th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 265 pages | ISBN: | 8.62 Mb

Mask encapsulates captivating and enthralling Thailand where contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may incidentally takeMoreMask encapsulates captivating and enthralling Thailand where contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may incidentally take years, and you realise that you cannot fix a ‘dysfunctional’ nation without a modicum of help from above you can begin your bumpy journey.

Thailand is irresistible.Mask presents an insightful view of Thailand the like of which you will not find elsewhere. This is definitely not a travel book in the accepted sense. Mask is a memoir based on the Author’s critical observation of a society monopolised by ancient cultural values, superstitions and old religious beliefs which don’t fit comfortably into 21st century life. In presenting the pros and cons of life in Thailand his views are objectively presented in concise and colourful narrative.

Even though some of the arguments are intentionally polemic the author loves Thailand, his adopted home, and he believes there should be, and usually is, a balance to be found in every society. He clearly believes we are all ostensibly the same if we look behind the mask.

If you are one-eyed when you start the book there is every chance that your other eye will be at least half open when you finish it.In Mask true incidents are recounted, with humour, empathy and a little poetic license together with interesting information from reliable sources to help the reader. It shows that Thailand, just like anywhere else in the world, has many good and many bad features.We are presented with an overview of Thailand’s history, culture, status and an exploration of a society struggling to hang on to old values, superstitions and an ancient culture which are a difficult fit into 21st century life.

The Author intersperses this with a re-worked transcript of his 2008 diaries which record his early superficial and jovial impressions of Thailand.He analyses some absorbing and thought-provoking perceptions, misconceptions, contradictions and controversial issues in attempting to get inside the mind of a nation trying to find its place in the modern world. He ends the book explaining some of the differences and nuances he has found in four regions of Thailand.The great thing about this book is that if you don’t feel inclined to read everything, then you can take a dip into any Part or any Chapter that takes your fancy.

If you are looking for inspiration to motivate a new life in South East Asia you may find, in this book, some ways to help you beat the odds. If, on the other hand, you just want to be entertained with some light but stimulating reading then you will almost certainly enjoy the book. The Author’s experiences and views may help those already living in, wishing to emigrate to, work or just holiday in Thailand to better understand the people, their culture and customs. If you have experienced Thailand to any degree your views may well differ from those expressed in Mask.

The Author would love to hear your views which you are most welcome to air by blogging on his website www.jamoroki.wordpress.com



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