This book tells a story of a girl called ‘Lon’ who runs away from the family at the age of 13 and later, ends up as a top earner in Thailand’s sex industry. Lon comes from a very poor family and as the eldest daughter in the family, she bears the responsibility to support the family and become the primary breadwinners. She was brought up in a very poor environment where girls aren’t valuable enough to receive education and the brother is always being given the highest priority in everything compared to the other two sisters.
In order to strive for the family’s acceptance after being blamed for her father’s death, involving in prostitution is the only way that she can think of. Unreasonable employers, low-paid jobs, bad working environment as well as gender inequality are some of the common reasons which lead to the increasing of prostitution in Thailand. She sold her virginity at age 13 with the price of 30,000 Baht which is less than $1,000 USD. Before her first marriage to Switzerland, she has been involved in sex-tourist industry for five years in Thailand. The remaining stories about her several disastrous marriages in different countries which most of the time being used by her husbands for sex and money. This leads to the story of her mental health and how she supported her family especially to avoid her sisters from following in her footsteps.
From the beginning until the ending of the story, my hatred feeling to her family only increased and never decreased. I can’t believe there is such family exists in the world. The mother just asking money from her continuously and doesn’t bother about her daughter’s involvement in prostitution. What she only cares is the money and she asking more and more from her daughter. When one of the daughters decided to further her studies, she disagreed with the idea because she hopes to get more money if both daughters working at the same time and she doesn’t like the delay. It seems she doesn’t feel anything wrong with the daughter selling her body to earn for the income and worse is, she never appreciate all the things that her daughter has done for her and she still loves her worthless son the most. I doubt she will ever feel guilty or regret in the future.
Although Lon never got the chance to have a proper education but she always believe that education can change a person’s life. She tried very hard to save up her money to support her sisters’ education. Comparing to my country where I often heard of kids being scolded by their parents of not putting enough effort in their studies and lots of school dropouts in these recent years, you can just imagine how huge is the difference of these two neighbouring countries.
When Lon started to have problems with her mental health, I wasn’t surprised with it. Who wouldn’t if they have such greedy and lazy family plus with several disastrous marriages. It’s not everyone can handle all these in a good way.
This is really a good story for us to understand the poverty life in another part of the world and how they strive for their living. We might think 1 Baht doesn’t cost much too us especially for people that comes from richer countries but for them, every baht comes from their hard work which probably to the extent involving of selling their bodies for a living.
This thriller story is quite good and I almost rated 4 out 5 stars for it. The reason I gave 3 out of 5 is because it seems the story is a bit lengthy and repetitive. When it comes to the middle of the story, it seems the author is dragging the story for a few more chapters before ending the story. Also, the main character has the most unfortunate experience I ever read in my life and the bad things that happened on him are continuous.
When I read the story at the beginning, I feel the story is quite interesting and I’m curious with the author’s background. I was a bit disappointed when I read the news about the author posting fake reviews of his books: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253579/RJ-Ellory-Crime-writer-posted-fake-online-reviews-books-exposed-trying-change-life-story.html. I personally feel a bit shocked with the news as I never expect the author need to create fake reviews since the story is really good and I assume the author should have tremendous confidence in his writing. Well, I just hope it won’t happen again because I really feel the author did a great job in his work and he shouldn’t ruin up his reputation with fake reviews.
Here are some of my favourite quotes from this story:
‘And given one [life], we wish for two, or three, or more, so easily forgetting the one we had was spent unwisely.’
‘My mother said that nothing could crush a man’s spirit so much as telling him he could not help.’
‘At times I have believed that age is the enemy of truth.’
‘The past was like an eye, and sometimes I was ahead of it, sometimes behind, but it was always there…opening, closing, opening once more.’
‘Words were not forgotten. Words were remembered, and time seemed to give them nothing but strength.’
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This book contains of fourteen different stories. Each story contains an eccentric character and most of the stories are very random. Sometimes, I don’t really understand what is the main idea that the author wants to tell to the readers. The stories were written in simple English with complicated plots. Some of the random stories are such as rats, birthday invitation, parachute, gold digging, and garden.
I feel none of the stories are interesting and I don’t understand what is the conclusion of those stories or what the author wants the readers to understand from those stories. I don’t see there is any interesting parts in each story that can capture readers’ interest in it. Also, it seems the men were all bad and the women were all victims or experiencing difficult life. Most of the stories were quite depressing.
I struggled my way to finish this book and tried to finish it as soon as possible so I can read a better book after this. My conclusion about this book: simple English but complicated plots, random stories, weird characters, depressing, difficult to understand and no clear theme in each story.
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This thriller set in Beijing and Los Angeles during 90s which involves of the characters, Liu Hulan (a police detective) and David Stark (a US attorney) that team up to solve the mystery of the two deaths, the U.S. Ambassador’s son and the corpse of a Red Prince. The Chinese and American governments suspect that the two deaths are connected and both governments decided to solve the case together to search for the murderer. However, during the investigation process, they discover a web linking human trafficking to the drug trade and to government treachery.
The interesting part of this thriller is the differences of the cultures between Chinese and Western and the story which set during the Deng Xiaoping’s reign are clearly presented by the author to the readers. From the story, we can understand more about the life of Chinese people during Deng Xiaoping’s reign and also the political view at that time. This story is worth for reading if you are interested in stories related to Chinese history, politics and culture.
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This book tells the story of an innocent man being sent to prison and will be facing a death penalty in another four days. Travis decided to confess his crime to save the innocent man from the death but will he able to save the innocent man in such a limited time?
When I was reading this book, I really can feel how the innocent man’s feel when facing the death penalty for a crime that he never committed and the struggles that Travis experiencing to confess his own sins. Besides, I really like the young pastor’s character that doesn’t care of violating the law just to save an innocent man. Also, the lawyer never ever give up in defending his client even until the last minute of the client’s death penalty.
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