Letters from Thailand: A Novel by Susan BotanLetters from Thailand: A Novel by Susan Botan

Letters from Thailand: A Novel

bySusan BotanTranslated bySusan Fulop Kepner

Paperback | July 1, 2002

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When the original Thai version of Letters from Thailand appeared in Bangkok in 1969, it was promptly awarded the SEATO Prize for Thai Literature. This new English translation reveals it as one of Thailand?s most entertaining and enduring modern novels, and one of the few portrayals of the immigrant Chinese experience in urban Thailand.

Letters from Thailand is the story of Tan Suang U, a young man who leaves China to make his fortune in Thailand at the close of World War II, and ends up marrying, raising a family, and operating a successful business. The novel unfolds through his letters to his beloved mother in China.

In Tan Suang U's lively account of his daily life in Bangkok's bustling Chinatown, larger and deeper themes emerge: his determination to succeed at business in this strange new culture; his hopes for his family; his resentment at how easily his children embrace urban Thai culture at the expense of the Chinese heritage which he holds dear; his inability to understand or adopt Thai ways; and his growing alienation from a society that is changing too fast for him.

Botan (pseud. Supa Sirising) is a native of Bangkok, born of Chinese parents. She has published more than ten novels, most of which reflect women?s and children?s perspectives. Susan Fulop Kepner has been translating Thai literature for more than 30 years, including A Child of the Northeast by Kampoon Boontawee and the anthology A Lion...
Title:Letters from Thailand: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:412 pages, 8 × 5.18 × 0.85 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.18 × 0.85 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Silkworm BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9747551675

ISBN - 13:9789747551679


Table of Contents

Translator's IntroductionPrologueLetters

Editorial Reviews

This is a fascinating book, and I heartily recommend it to all Westerners who know and love Thailand.

- Bangkok Post Sunday Magazine