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SUMMARY é Behind The Smile ¿ Behind The Smile The Story of Lek a Thai Bargirl in Pattaya Lek was born the eldest child of four in a typical rice farming family She did not expect to do anything any different from the other girls in her class in the northern rice belt of Thailand Typically that would be work in the fields for a few years; have a few babieHole youth 500 miles away She drifted into the tourist sex industry The book relates some of her ‘adventures’ her dreams and nightmares and her ‘modus operandi’ It tries to show from Lek’s point of view what it really is like to be a Thai bar girl – the hopes and frustrations the hopes and the let downs the hopes and the lies and deceit that are part of her every day life Thailand is often referred to as the Land of Smiles and the author of this book agrees that it is having spent nearly a decade ther. Unfortunately although the subject could be interesting and insightful the author has no style to speak of The book reads like a GCSE story Lacking in finesse atmosphere structure and pace

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Behind The Smile The Story of Lek a Thai Bargirl in Pattaya Lek was born the eldest child of four in a typical rice farming family She did not expect to do anything any different from the other girls in her class in the northern rice belt of Thailand Typically that would be work in the fields for a few years; have a few babies; give them to mum to take care of and back to work until her kids had their own children and she could stop working to take care of them One day a catastrophe occurred out of the blue – h. There may be a Microsoft wizard for authors writing about the Thai bar scene Girl starts off sweet turns into a heartless scheming she devil The guy is generally a bit of a loser whose brain turns to mush after a couple of nights of feigned passion Cue heartbreak bankruptcy and sometimes death There's a ton of books out there that follow exactly that track Hats off to Owen Jones if he knew the formula he tossed it in the trash This is an author who knows Thailand intimately It's not a book that's been dashed out after a couple of drink sodden holidays to Pattaya Owen understands the true dynamic that exists between the women who populate the bar scene and the customers who flock to meet them In particular he captures the extreme vulnerability of the girls who can transform not just their own lives but the lives of their families if they can snare a foreignerBTS is an entertaining and poignant take on the Thai bar scene For anyone who wants to understand about what happens in the bars of Pattaya it's a must read

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Behind The SmileEr father died young and with huge debts that the family knew nothing about Lek was twenty and she was the only one who could prevent foreclosure The only way she knew was to go to work in her cousin’s bar in Pattaya She went as a waitress cum cashier but when she realised that she was pregnant by her worthless estranged husband things had to change She had the baby gave it to her mum and went back to work However now she needed real money to provide a better life for her child and to make up for spending its w. A harrowing journey following the life of Lek who has to leave her village in order to pay back the huge debts owed by her father and only found when he diedThere is a child which she has to hand over to her mother so she can take a job in her cousin's bar in Pattaya in order to earn enough to pay this money but as with a lot of young girls there she drifts into the sex industry She decides to create a better life for her daughter because of spending so much time so far from home and ther sex industry can pay for thatThe book follows some of Lek's dreams but leaves you in no doubt what it's like to be a Thai Bar GirlI'm determined not to have to issue a Spoiler Alert' as this book is a series but you'll have to follow the books to see who she meets and how life turns out away from this way of lifeThe Author paints a very realistic picture of this kind of life