If you are a serious traveller, considering driving through or thinking about living in Thailand you need to read James King’s THAILAND DIARIES including ‘Thailand in perspective’.
Written with insight and humour the author pulls no punches and presents Thailand exactly as seen through his eyes after experiencing spells living in the North, South and North-East since 2008. Although this is not a travel book in the accepted sense it can easily be categorised as such. It is more a critical memoir of the author’s observations of the peoples and culture of Thailand; a Country, monopolised by superstition, ancient cultural values and old religious beliefs, struggling to come to terms with modernity and the 21st century; people who have, as yet, travelled little.
The author presents his views objectively although, in setting out the ‘pros and cons’ of life in and the mysteries of Thailand, some of his arguments may be viewed as polemic, which he says ‘was absolutely intentional’. He believes there should be, and usually is, a balance to be found in every society and that most cultures and religions may have syncretic elements to their beliefs, to a greater or lesser degree. He believes we are all ostensibly the same if we look behind the mask.
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James King is an Englishman who emigrated to South Africa in 1995. His work took him all over the Country, visiting Cities, townships and rural areas, gaining valuable insight into the culture and lives of the people, post-apartheid. In 2011 James left South Africa for Thailand. There he lives in semi-retirement, has created a blog, written books and learned the craft of landscape photography. Leading a well-travelled but somewhat fractured and unconventional life, James has mixed with politicians, sports stars, creatives, music impresarios, business tycoons, murderers, fraudsters, and even hired assassins. All of them have provided rare material which he uses to great effect in his writing. After blogging, writing non-fiction travel books about Thailand and poetry he realised his passion lay in writing suspense drama. Emphasising story with a literary bent and character-driven suspense with twists, thrills and emotion, he is currently in the process of writing a fiction series. The first book in the series is due to be published early in 2018. His poetry drifts from the romantic to fear for the survival of our world, human rights and the darkness of death. Inspired by music, film, and literature, Shakespeare, Dickens, Hesse, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, among others, have all had a profound influence on his life at some point and ultimately his writing and the messages within.