Bangkok Babylon: The Real-Life Exploits of Bangkok's Legendary Expatriates are often Stranger than Fiction #2020

Bangkok Babylon: The Real-Life Exploits of Bangkok's Legendary Expatriates are often Stranger than Fiction Jerry Hopkins Bangkok Babylon The Real Life Exploits of Bangkok s Legendary Expatriates are often Stranger than Fiction In the colorful tradition of Orwell and Hemingway Maugham and Theroux Jerry Hopkins recalls his first decade as a Bangkok expatriate by profiling twenty five of the city s most unforgettable charact

  • Title: Bangkok Babylon: The Real-Life Exploits of Bangkok's Legendary Expatriates are often Stranger than Fiction
  • Author: Jerry Hopkins
  • ISBN: 9780804840774
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bangkok Babylon: The Real-Life Exploits of Bangkok's Legendary Expatriates are often Stranger than Fiction Jerry Hopkins In the colorful tradition of Orwell and Hemingway, Maugham and Theroux, Jerry Hopkins recalls his first decade as a Bangkok expatriate by profiling twenty five of the city s most unforgettable characters.Among them are the man thought to be the model for Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, an advertising executive who photographs Thai bargirls for Playboy, an Oscar winning scIn the colorful tradition of Orwell and Hemingway, Maugham and Theroux, Jerry Hopkins recalls his first decade as a Bangkok expatriate by profiling twenty five of the city s most unforgettable characters.Among them are the man thought to be the model for Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, an advertising executive who photographs Thai bargirls for Playboy, an Oscar winning screenwriter who moved there to die, a Catholic priest who has lived and worked in the Bangkok slums for 35 years, a circus dwarf turned computer programmer turned restaurateur, three Vietnam war helicopter pilots who opened a go go bar, a pianist at one of the world s best hotels who ended up on the FBI s 10 Most Wanted list, a gem dealer who smuggles antiquities from Burma and Cambodia, a detective who tracks runaways who fake their deaths, and a documentary filmmaker who lives with elephants All of them escaped to Thailand to re invent themselves and live out their fantasies in one of the world s most notorious cities.
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    1. There is a lot of good in Jerry Hopkins Bangkok Babylon He sheds some dim, bar lit light onto the shenanigans of some of Bangkok s notorious expats Some of those stories are kind, sweet stories that have or almost have happy endings Some of the stories are darker, less optimistic, and part of what you might imagine lurks in the shadows of a Bangkok alley Both kinds of stories show pieces of expat life in Bangkok.What s interesting to note, however, is that Bangkok Babylon profiles a particular [...]

    2. This book is a collection of stories that the author has picked out from individuals he has met and befriended during his time in Bangkok The stories are interesting to read because most of the people he writes about are from America who have come to Thailand or Bangkok to get away from all the values and upbringings of the USA for a lifestyle of seclusion and ease The night life consists of drinking in bars and leaving with a either a new or same prostitute The prostitution industry is big the [...]

    3. I quite enjoyed a lot of this it s a bit front loaded, but that made for all kinds of memorable and wild stuff in my early time with it There are some truly ridiculous tales recounted here, and some memorable characters to be sure he leads off with a serious whopper, and then there s the slum priest, who becomes a recurring force of good throughout, the guy who swam the river to free his girlfriend, etc That said, it all starts to run thin and feel a bit same y by the home stretch the stories ge [...]

    4. While this book has some occasionally interesting insights into travel and escape , my primary gripe with this book is that it s sold as some kind of risqu , wild crazy examination of expatriates in Bangkok Therefore, I was expecting explorations of depravity and subsequent reflections on why Thailand provided an outlet However, this memoir is essentially one romanticized hippie narrative after another I d argue many people who decided to read this book were hoping for tales of vice, not just, w [...]

    5. This book didn t give the in depth look at life in Thailand for the expat that I was hoping for Instead it was of a brief biography on numerous individuals who happened to settle in Thailand The fact that they were in Thailand seemed to play a very small role in the telling of the stories Some of the people who were profiled were interesting to read about, others weren t The reasons for why Thailand were only briefly touched upon and to me that would have been among the most interesting aspects [...]

    6. This book was let s just say I can absolutely see it as a gritty set of vignettes directed by Guy Ritchie Thailand in and of itself is an insane ride Anyone who s spent any meaningful time in Bangkok knows what an acid trip that place can be But the antics in this short, snappy read were hilarious, disturbing and probably totally real I think it ll be a tough read for someone unfamiliar with Southeast Asia It requires a certain field knowledge to really get , but it s a definite recommend.

    7. Having heard about this book, I got it when I saw it on the street near my home for 1 Hopkins is a former Rolling Stone reporter who s lived in Thailand for years This is a collection of biographical sketches on people he s met there, many in bars Most are foreigners and Americans Some stories are amusing, even interesting, some lives amazing On the whole, they didn t really interest me enough Hopkins writing is fine, but surprisingly bland for a journalist from such a background.

    8. This is a relatively fun, brainless, and kind of skeevy read The author does a nice job of portraying a whacked out range of characters namely expats who hang out with the bar girls in Bangkok These are all interesting characters, especially the possible real life Colonel Kurtz The book is a little creepy too, since the author is clearly one of those kinds of expats as well who settled in Thailand and married one of those bar girls.

    9. An interesting collection of some of the most in famous Bangkok s expats Very readable even if some of the characters are not so special and probably didn t deserve a place in this collection A good introduction to the expat community in Thailand.

    10. Not exactly high lit here, writing s passable, but it does reveal interesting people who end up in Bangkok All men who were drifters and came to Thailand when it was on the cusp and have made a life for themselves here, usually with a Thai girlfriend in tow.

    11. I read this on the way home from Thailand Interesting read Although the stories of the expats were sometimes funny, most ended on a down note with them dying of liver failure, alone and without anything.

    12. A collection of stories about why some expatriates choose to live in Bangkok, it makes for an interesting read.

    13. The second half of the book made me want to sell everything I own and leave on a lifelong adventure around the world Maybe soon

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