Laguna to hold charity concert

Laguna to hold charity concert

PHUKET: Laguna Phuket is holding a charity concert at Laguna Grove on Saturday, August 13. The ‘Big Body + Charity Concert’ and will feature Thai rockers ‘Bodyslam’ and ‘Big Ass’, as well as up and coming artist Justin Pongumpai. Part of the proceeds of the concert will go to Phuket Punyanukul School located in Pa Khlok, a special school for intellectually and hearing disabled students. Tickets are priced at 500 baht (free standing seats) and are available at Limelight Avenue, Canal Village, Unit 34 in Laguna Phuket, Indy Market and Chillva Market. The concert is intended to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and

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Books: Lusitania: The other Titanic

Books: Lusitania: The other Titanic

PHUKET: Erik Larson is an accomplished writer of non-fiction. I greatly enjoyed the fourth of his seven books: The Devil in White City, which contrasted the glories of the 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition with the sordid dealings of a charming serial killer. The contrast in his new book, Dead Wake (Crown Publishers, New York, 2015, 430pp) is between the Lusitania, the world’s largest, fastest, most luxurious passenger liner and the German submarine that sank her off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915. World War I was in its second year and submarine warfare had come into its own with

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 06:00 AM

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Books: A great love story

Books: A great love story

PHUKET: Plot, characterization, dialogue, descriptive style – many elements combine to make a good novel, but the most mysterious is empathy, that magic emotional connection that makes a reader care passionately about fictional characters. In this, first-time novelist Atticus Lish succeeds magnificently. His Preparation for the Next Life (Tyrant Books, New York, 2015, 417pp) opens with this sentence: “She came by way of Archer, Bridgeport, Nanuet, worked off 95 in jeans and a denim jacket, carrying a plastic bag and shower shoes, a phone number, waiting beneath an underpass, the potato chips long gone, light-

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 06:00 AM

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Books: Failed search for next giant

Books: Failed search for next giant

PHUKET: I've long sought for the successors to the twentieth century giants of Brazilian literature, Jorge Amado and Erico Verissimo. So far, I’ve failed. Daniel Galera’s novel Blood-Drenched Beard (The Penguin Press, New York, 2014, 374pp) is the latest disappointment. The prose is pedestrian, the pace leaden and the plot improbable, shading into preposterous. The entire mess limps along in a wild overabundance of unnecessary detail. The kindest word to apply to the novel is mediocre. Like Erico Verissimo, Daniel Galera is from Porto Alegre, capital of Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande Do Sul. Desce

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | 06:00 AM

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Books: David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks – Great, if taken seriously

Books: David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks – Great, if taken seriously

PHUKET: David Mitchell’s third novel, Cloud Atlas, was an audacious break from traditional narrative form: six wildly different characters in divergent, stylistic voices and places ranging from the South Pacific in the 1850s and Los Angeles in the 1930s to the far-distant future in Korea and Hawaii. Surprisingly, Mitchell followed this with a traditional autobiographical novel of his English youth and a historical novel set in 1799 in Nagasaki, Japan. Now he is back in form with The Bone Clocks (Random House, New York, 2014. 623pp). Five distinct first-person narratives range from 1984 to 2043 and ta

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 05:00 AM

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Books: An awful waste of time

Books: An awful waste of time

PHUKET: In 2002 Michel Faber published The Crimson Petal and the White, an extraordinary novel of shifting social strata set in a time and place when they were most rigid: the early Victorian Age in London. By dint of cunning and determination, Sugar, a prostitute from the age of 13, rises from brothel inmate to kept woman to household governess and trusted adviser to her patron. The reader roots for her through every tense step of the way. In his new novel, The Book of Strange New Things (Hogarth, London, 2014, 500pp), Faber turns from historical fiction to science fiction. The time is the future, t

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 02:00 PM

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