Just wondering if anyone has read any good travel novels (fiction or true) about Thailand. I can't seem to find any and was hoping to pick one up to feed my anticipation about my trip this winter while I save up in Officeland.
Actually, any great travel novel reccommendations would be great!
I loved "the beach" its nothing like the movie (far better) and the begining description make you ready to leave tomorrow. ANother favourite is "holy Cow" by sarah Mcdonald, but that ones set in India.
A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East by Tiziano Terzani is a great non-fiction novel about a man who was told not to fly for a year because he would crash in a plane if he did. So be spent the year travelling overland. Includes a number of far-east destinations, including Thailand.
Here's a link to amazon for the book and reviews...
Not really the question asked but if you're thinking of travelling in Ireland "McCarthys Bar" is a very funny and quite good account of one mans desire to see Ireland and his endevour to always comply with the first rule of travel - never pass a pub with the same name as yours.
Thanks for all the suggestions - and oddly enough Ireland WAS on my "to travel to one day" list!
The best novel of travel I've read in a long time is called THIS IS NOT CIVILIZATION. It's by Robert Rosenberg, and it's about a very diverse group of expatriates in Central Asia and Istanbul. Everyone in it has serious wanderlust. I read a great review on the powells bookstore website. That's how I found it, but it's also one of this month's Book Sense picks for independent bookstores.
Hi...I get to Bkk every now and then and if it is your first trip you may want to get a copy of any map by Nancy Chandler, a staple since the 70's or 80's...they are helpful and beautiful too...and also any of the Bangkok by Night or Day series put out by a young Thai-American couple who have grown up there. They also do many other maps for other places. Their maps seem to have a lot of emphasis on drinking as a major touristing activity...but they have many other good suggestions on what to do and the map graphics are great.
You might enjoy any books about the life of Jim Thompson i.e. The Ledendary American by Wm. Warren; or a book called Mai Pen Rai; also Letters From Thailand (Morell); John Caldwell's Massage Girl; and a novel (if you like old novels) called Never Dies The Dream by Margaret Landon who also wrote Anna and the King of Siam. You can find these and a lot of others in secondhand bookshops or online at used book sites. I also think the Culture Shock Series has one on Thailand and don't forget to check outall the neat Thai cookbooks now being published --so fun to read---
Have a wonderful trip!
One of the best books I have read in a long time is called "City of Joy" about a French doctor living in a slum in Calcutta. It's a true story, but amazingly written and made me want to go to India.
Also, the classic "On the road" is interesting. I'm not much into beat style, but it's worth a read.
Funny things - novels whilst travelling. Read 2 of the 4" Alexandria" quartet by Lawrence Durrell while in Egypt. The books really linked me to the country. However, Dickens "Little Dorritt" was a calming influence during travels in Bulgaria!!