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May (SECOND DATE) - World Book #5 - Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

On our next stop on our trip around the world, we'll be visiting the island nation of Thailand. Sightseeing is an award-winning collection of short stories by a young contemporary Thai author. Since most people who read or visit Thailand rarely get away from the big cities or the beach resorts, I thought it would be interesting to discuss these vignettes about every day life in "paradise."


One of the most widely reviewed debuts of the 2005, Sightseeing is a masterful story collection by an award-winning young author. Set in contemporary Thailand, these are generous, radiant tales of family bonds, youthful romance, generational conflicts and cultural shiftings beneath the glossy surface of a warm, Edenic setting. Written with exceptional acuity, grace and sophistication, the stories present a nation far removed from its exoticized stereotypes. In the prize-winning opening story "Farangs," the son of a beachside motel owner commits the cardinal sin of falling for a pretty American tourist. In the novella, "Cockfighter," a young girl witnesses her proud father's valiant but foolhardy battle against a local delinquent whose family has a vicious stranglehold on the villagers. Through his vivid assemblage of parents and children, natives and transients, ardent lovers and sworn enemies, Lapcharoensap dares us to look with new eyes at the circumstances that shape our views and the prejudices that form our blind spots. Gorgeous and lush, painful and candid, Sightseeing is an extraordinary reading experience, one that powerfully reveals that when it comes to how we respond to pain, anger, hurt, and love, no place is too far from home.

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  • erin

    I'm really looking forward to tonight! In case anyone has trouble when they click on the link above for the Google map for Ploy Siam, here's the address (there was just a typo w/ Robbinsville, so it didn't come up for me):
    1041 Washington Blvd, Robbinsville, NJ

    May 8, 2013

    • Deepa Z.

      Thanks Erin! I am running a few min late but will be there shortly with the wine and beer

      May 8, 2013

  • Deepa Z.

    Also, if anyone strongly prefers Penang, there are still spots left on Monday!

    May 4, 2013

  • Deepa Z.

    Hi everyone - Ploy Siam won in a landslide for Wednesday, and Penang won on Monday. I am confirming the reservation today, and will send out an email to all. Please be sure to update your RSVP as I don't know that they will be as accommodating about no-shows. Thanks!

    May 4, 2013

  • Michelle

    I've eaten at Ploy Siam and it is delicious so I vote for that.

    April 29, 2013

  • Eileen Y.

    West Windsor is a little more convenient travel wich but since I have not eaten at either restaurant so will leave it up to the majority vote

    April 29, 2013

  • David R.

    Regarding restaurants, I've eaten at both. I find the food much better at Ploy Siam, but it's a little harder to get to. I'd vote for it anyway.

    April 28, 2013

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