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Bangkok Babylon

Paperback - 10 September 2009
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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 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 customer reviews Between 2−3 stars rating, 14 December 2020
For you who wonder how Bangkok attracts expats
By: Ika Riswandari

Have you wondered why there are many foreigners living in Bangkok as if it is their home? Well, if you have, but you had not figured out the whys yet, then this book is for you. Bangkok Babylon basically tells you all the stories how expats ended up living a Thai-native life in Bangkok. It's beginning to make sense once you finished reading the book.

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