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READ & DOWNLOAD Bangkok Babylon The Real Life Exploits Of Bangkok's Legendary Expatriates Are Often Stranger Than Words õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ò In the colorful tradition of Orwell and Hemingway Maugham and Theroux Jerry Hopkins rOn the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list a gem dealer who smuggles antiuities 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 citie. 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 of a book like this In summary my opinion is that the book doesn’t have much to offer in either the Thai vibe department or on why these people were drawn there

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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 charactersAmong them are the man thought to be the model for Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now an advertising executive who photographs Thai. Some profiles are fascinating some are downright dull I guess the writers voice isn’t spicy enough to capture your attention throughout the entire book My best profile Jumbo Shrimp

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Bangkok Babylon The Real Life Exploits Of Bangkok's Legendary Expatriates Are Often Stranger Than WordsBargirls 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. I uite 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 etcThat said it all starts to run thin and feel a bit same y by the home stretch the stories generally become less remarkable and I got tired of reading so many stories about old white dudes with young local girlfriends I generally would have liked a tad diversity in the range of people covered age very much included I get that Hopkins was writing about people he knew or moved in similar circles too but it just added to the mounting disinterest I had as it went on