Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap


“This is how we count the days.  June: the Germans come to the Island – football cleats, big T-shirts, thick tongues – speaking like spitting.  July: the Italians, the French, the British, the Americans.  The Italians like pad thai, its affinity with spaghetti.”

I love to travel.  I’ve been to many foreign countries, but one country I’ve always wanted to visit was Thailand.  That’s one reason I love books.  In Sightseeing, the author takes us on a visit to his homeland without so much as jet lag.  The book is actually a series of short stories that give the reader a real sense of Thailand today, from the perspective of the natives.  The writing is crisp and the stories seem so real,  you can’t help but feel this kind of learning is important.  You’re not in Kansas anymore.  This is Thailand.

3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
250 pages
Published in 2005

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