A new novel of Bangkok by Ron Morris
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REVIEWS for There Are Still Unknown PlacesIndependent Book Review:
…There are a lot of books that emulate the feeling of traveling to a new place; that is even thought of as a condition of success for stories, yet there are very few books that feel like completely living somewhere else. It is a deeply captivating and enriching sensation, and it makes There Are Still Unknown Places all the more special.
In There Are Still Unknown Places, Morris makes sure that everything matters and he leaves it all on the playing field. If it isn’t the story, it is the characters. If it isn’t the characters, it’s the culture. But no matter what, it’s always about the writing, a beautifully crafted work of language, land, intelligence, insight, observation and philosophy...
The US Review of Books:
…The sensory-laden, lyrical writing weaves a powerful fictive dream that explores the vast differences in cultural and spiritual viewpoints that these Western and Eastern characters juggle within the sphere of their everyday lives. The finely wrought characterizations are vivid and multilayered…
Steve Van Beek, author of News from the 90s: Bangkok 1890-1899:
...He has a fine eye for detail and deftly works through the usual minefield of platitudes, especially those about male-female imagined relationships. It isn’t about the city’s seedy site, nor about the normal bargirl with heart of gold, or mushy romance for the ages that transcends cultures despite birth differences. In truth, it is more about the interactions, dashed hopes, and stunted romances of its farang population.
Daniel Desjardins, Guides de voyage Ulysse:
…The psychological analysis of the characters is not without recalling classic French authors such as Balzac; often, the author's analysis leads us to reflections on our own thoughts and behaviours in similar situations. It provides an accurate portrait of Thai society and a thorough analysis of its codes, most of which are unspoken, and even less written. It is an outstanding overview of social interactions in Thailand…
K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite:
…There was a unique sense of mystique to the work, which is tied up in feelings of longing, discovery, and excitement, and it made me feel like I never knew what was coming next around each corner of the story...
There Are Still Unknown Places is the story of life in the most modern of exotic cities—Bangkok. It exposes the inner hearts of those who seek the isolation of far places. It is a microcosm of its time as well a tale of human yearning for all time.
“Any Thai adventure—even for a Thai—ends with flying away on a plane, one step ahead of the ever-approaching past”
Young men and women living in a foreign land, drifting, on a mission, growing up, trying to make something of themselves...
Thais seeing their land and the coming changes that threaten to erase it...
All realizing the hopes of a future finally unbounded by history...
These are intimate tales told against an epic backdrop. Beginning with the mass screening of films in Bangkok’s central park, through to a peaceful holiday where twinkling candles are floated down the city’s canals, to the revelry of the water-throwing festival of Songkran, the lives and hopes of modern people are played out.
“...At this time of night though, there were just a handful on the bus. Not-too-pretty girls in their bank uniforms coming home after working late putting figures into columns, and young men, likewise dressed in the uniform of some office, thin and pale, almost feminine looking in their humble and weary demeanor, going home to their rooms alone to wash their work clothes, collars growing frayed by the day and then falling asleep, holding the long, thin bolster pillows that those who lived alone cling to...”
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From Amazon: Hiding from the Khmer Rouge, fired on during Thailand’s Black May, snakebit in the jungle, beset by ghosts in the city, entombed with a legendary sword in Burma, living under Siamese skies… These are one young man’s unexpected true adventures from the latter years of the twentieth century in the Asian Tiger era.
In Last Century, Ron Morris recounts his extraordinary experiences in a region still shaking off the legacies of the Cold War and emerging from isolation. It was a frenetic world undergoing an economic boom, but also an isolated outpost for lost souls. There, anything was possible–fortunes, dreams and visions, and the challenge of becoming a man in the ancient and modern landscapes of a new world.
“Every one of us was a bystander, passively hearing of the dangerous exploits, the alcoholism, and the panicked actions of others. To be involved risked getting swept into another’s vortex of insanity. If there was one thing the expat wanted was to go down under his own distinct weight— weight accrued and borne privately. Sympathizing with another risked too much introspection about one’s own march towards oblivion.”
Combining the mundane, the supernatural, the accidental and the dangerous, Last Century is an unforgettable series of tales of coming of age in the days of the Asian Tigers.
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