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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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Born in 1942 James King lived in England until he emigrated to South Africa in 1995. There, as a consultant in the video gaming industry, he researched the nine provinces, townships and rural areas and gained an insight into the culture of the Country. In the early 1990’s James helped organise music stars Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, ELO and UB40 to tour South Africa but the project was aborted. He is now Chairman of a jewellery wholesaler and moved to Thailand in 2008 where he spends most of his time writing and taking photographs. Currently working on the completion of a first novel - literary suspense which is scheduled to be published 2017.