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Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

The
author, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Thai American and raised in Bangkok, was 26
when he wrote this great collection of short stories.

Short
stories are not my first choice of reads but when I do force myself and I find
a master short story writer then I can rave about it and wonder why I do not
read this genre more often. It really takes a craftsman to create believable
characters and tell a multi-layered story in just a few pages. Lapcharoensap is
among the best of these craftsmen. The knowledge of human feelings, all genders
and ages, that this young man has shown is just amazing. He delves into the
complexities of relationships with a wisdom one does not expect from such a
young person.

Just
a confession: I did not read the last story / novella. I can deal with human
suffering but not animal suffering so I skipped that and the decision was made
purely on account of the title.

Look at the wrist watch and the tablet. Tradition keeping up with the times. The local gym, open on 3 sides to save on a/c, open 24 hours a day everyday of the year. This is a very creative bench on the side of the road. A resting place to wait for the taxi or
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