Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Carol Hollinger- Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind

I picked this book up in Bangkok on a whim, as I had no idea what I was buying. When I read it, however, I was delighted; I am not interested in stories by expatriates who want simply to show off their experiences. This book did for my understanding of the Thai people what When Heaven and Earth Changes Places did for my awareness of Vietnamese people. It displays the confused attitude of the farang without the traditional condescention, and with a wholehearted desire to understand and love the people.
It was written in 1965, and clearly a lot has changed. However, it allows glimpses into the mind of the Thai nation and presents it with the warmth and humot that marks Thailand itself.

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