Before I get to the part when I express my deep hatred for the book, I feel more than delighted to point out certain false facts that Burdett includes in Bangkok 8. Below is the explaintaion Pretentious. Below is the explaintaion from my immediate knowledge of my own culture and religious, which is intended to be clear of any patriotic or egocentric comments. I rather dare say that I might even be sacarstic about my own country.
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Before I get to the part when I express my deep hatred for the book, I feel more than delighted to point out certain false facts that Burdett includes in Bangkok 8.
Below is the explaintaion Pretentious. Below is the explaintaion from my immediate knowledge of my own culture and religious, which is intended to be clear of any patriotic or egocentric comments. I rather dare say that I might even be sacarstic about my own country. I was raised and educated in a very Westernized society after all. Any ambiguity caused by confusing and inadequate English skills is totally on me. My mother tounge is Thai.
You can simply ask me if anything is unclear to you. An Arhant is an ancient term used for monks who archieve the higest spiritual knowledge possible for typical monks to acquire when alive. The higher form is Sodaban, which the Buddha was before he went into nirvana. This concept of an Arhant is simply very outdated.
Arhants live only in the era when the Buddha live as it is required that such noble people will be born only in the lifetime of the Budhha. No monk in this modern society context can archieve Arhant even if he spent his whole life meditating, let alone being an Arhant cop, the concept which totally fucked up my head.
This is not from a Thai mindset, my friends, Burdett made this up on his own accord. The nature of choosing between becoming a monk or a cop Even if I give in to Burdett that, okay, you can have an Arhant in this era, it is still very unlikely for a Thai mindset to abandon your robe and become a cop. How can one refuse the simplicity life consisting of all-day praying, relatively no work, full stomach, and respect from all hard-headed believers?
Burdett can have his facts checked by any air-head Thais but he did not. Why does this not surprise me? The emphasis on the surname The name "Sonshai" basically has no significant meaning, which is very weird, as in Thai context, the first name is what identifies a person as an individual.
Burdett is very crafty in choosing the surname "Chit-plee-cheap" as it means "the mind that can sacrifice his own life. This is such a Western mindset in putting more emphasis on the surname. How can her surname be given by the royal family or be as significant? Okay, okay, I know even among us Thais, there are still some people who believe in this concept. But if this supertitious talent can really be achieved, one can only has a peek into HIS own past lives.
Where are we? In the Supernatural season 8? And Fatima? The name of a Thai cigarett brand mentioned in the book should be spelled as "Krong Thip," not "Krung Thip" which Burdett tried to stylized it to be very close to "Krung Thep.
Why so sexist, Burdett? A protagonist with so much contradictions in himself? He still has identity issue? And what is it about brandname clothing and perfume fetishes? And his deep love for Colonel Vikorn? There is no such concept in Thai context. The way the characters always mention how Thai they are or how Thai they think. I doubt that. The way the characters mention Buddha with everything. This sounds more like "May God bless him. All in all, this book is extremly pretentious.
Please read it with an open mind. For example, he knows the steets in Thailand. Like what he talks about Soi Sukhumvit is true. It really is a Japansese community.
And the Supalai complex really is in Soi Sukhumvit 39, toward the end that connects with Petchaburi road. I know some comments might be tainted with my hatred for this book and for Mr Burdett himself. But facts are facts. With my deepest sincerity.
Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G. About Bangkok 8 Electrifying, darkly comic, razor-edged—a thriller unlike any other. Under a Bangkok bridge, inside a bolted-shut Mercedes: a murder by snake—a charismatic African American Marine sergeant killed by a methamphetamine-stoked python and a swarm of stoned cobras.
Bangkok 8 Part mystery, part thriller and part exploration of Thai attitudes toward sex, this accomplished first novel by Burdett A Personal History of Thirst; The Last Six Million Seconds delivers both entertainment and depth. The narrator, a Buddhist cop named Sonchai Jitplecheep, finds himself plunged into a dangerous investigation of the deaths by snakebite of his partner Pichai Apiradee and U. Embassy Sgt. William Bradley. Sonchai is an unusual character on several levels, from the mysteries of his violent past to his conversations with the ghost of Pichai. His ambiguous feelings toward Kimberley Jones, an American FBI agent brought in to work the case, reflect his upbringing as the child of a Thai mother and an unknown American father.