23 February 2011

Chart Korbjitti, No Way Out, 1980

A short novel that describes the almost systematic dismantling of a Bangkok family, as a result of the poverty trap they find themselves in when the father tries to take them out of rented accommodation and into a corrugated metal-and-wood shack of their own. Korbjitti is spare with the details, though through the multiple viewpoints of the family he provides more than enough information to give a clear picture of their circumstances while at the same time leaving it to the reader to decide where the blame may lie. A sad but very true book for many, Korbjitti has won two SEA Write Awards for his explorations of Thai social issues that few Westerners get to see, let alone experience.  PY


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