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Bangkok Wakes to Rain
Bangkok Wakes to Rain | Pitchaya Sudbanthad
Places remember us. . . A missionary begs to be moved from disease-ridden Bangkok. A musician plays a private show for ghosts. A student abandoned by his lover bleeds to death in the street. A plastic surgeon designs a girl a new face. A woman decides whether to cook a final meal for a dying murderer. Lurching through decades, from Bangkok's rich past to its imagined, uploaded future, witness the city as it changes from a booming capitalist hub to a city engulfed by water, through human tales seeping into one another, held together by delicate threads. For fans of A VISIT FROM THE GOOD SQUAD and CLOUD ATLAS, this is a startling and intimate novel by a lyrical new writer.
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#bookreport Read ONE book this week!

These are stories of different individuals interlace with one another; they do feel disconnected in the beginning..these people appear and disappear throughout the book, and it‘s quite a huge cast. Eventually the stories tie up and you‘ll see how remarkably intricate they have been weaved together to reveal the soul of the city. I like the lovely imagery and quiet intimacy the elegant writing exudes.👇

erzascarletbookgasm (Cont.) It‘s a multiple generation story that sweeps back and forth across decades. At the heart, the book is not so much about the non-stereotype characters but about the city itself - Bangkok, or Krungthep, to the locals. A beautiful tribute to the city of angels. 4w
TrishB I got caught in a tropical storm in Bangkok- it was so weird to me as the rain was so warm!! It took hours to get to the airport as it was a deluge..... 4w
TrishB Great review I meant to say first! 4w
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erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB I can imagine you were anxious! The city always has to face flooding and traffic congestion during the monsoon season. This book paints a very probable near future of the city- sad and haunting! 4w
TrishB I don‘t think any governments are acting quickly enough really, still too many climate sceptics. ☹️ 4w
Cathythoughts “Quiet intimacy & elegant writing” beautiful description ✨✨✨✨✨stacked 4w
batsy Lovely review! 💜 4w
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erzascarletbookgasm
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..”the city of Bangkok is highly vulnerable to climate change. Its 10 million people live on ground that sits only five feet above sea level—and has been sinking by more than a centimeter every year. The World Bank estimates that up to 40 percent of Bangkok could be inundated in little more than 10 years.” Image source: Shutterstock.

Reading the tagged book makes us wonder what will happen to cities and homes as climate changes.

Megabooks Yikes!! I can‘t believe anyone can‘t see that climate change is real. 4w
ju.ca.no 😔😔😔 4w
TrishB We need to get planning! 4w
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Emilymdxn I felt the same when I read this book (which I absolutely loved). If you‘re interested in the future with climate change and how to cope with it I found this non fiction read very informative and weirdly comforting as I learned how much there is that we can still do, and how many people can still be saved if we work hard 4w
Graywacke Wow... 4w
Graywacke @Megabooks (illusional power of self interest?) 4w
erzascarletbookgasm @Emilymdxn I‘ve finished reading it! What an amazing experience. The near and probable future of the city (or anywhere in the world) is sad and hauntingly portrayed. Thanks for the book recommendation. 4w
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Tonton
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From the 19th century to a future derelict and doomed Bangkok, this is a story of lost men and women. The strands that connect them are centered around a house. Lovely, elegiac, love song for a city.

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Emilymdxn
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Magical book from the #tob2020 longlist. I‘ve never read a book from Thailand before but this gave such a vivid, sensory impression of Bangkok I felt like I was living and breathing it so much. Intricate plotting and characterisation and such fantastic description, so many different aspects of life in Bangkok, if you like dense, evocative, melancholy cities this is for you.

#tbrread #merryreaders #wintergames @Clwojick @StayCurious

Billypar Sold! 2mo
Suet624 I'm trying to read a bunch of the TOB list but time and money determine what I can get to. Thanks for letting me know this is one to seek out. 2mo
Theaelizabet The NYT just named this book to its 2019 Notable Book list. It really sounds fascinating. 2mo
Clwojick 16pts 2mo
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Branwen
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#7days7covers #covercrush 😍

Day 7 💕📚💕📚

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Cool interlocking stories set in, around, or about Bangkok. Some set in the future, some in the past. Really cool.

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suzisteffen
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My GOODNESS, I enjoyed this book, which is partly about the persistence of memory and partly about environmental disaster and partly about a wide sweep of history. I am going to give it 5 stars because even with occasional wild rivers of language - not that I object to that; I actually love it, even though this book is also very story-driven - it‘s a love letter to Bangkok, humans, irony, and beauty in the wreckage. Ahhh!

Cathythoughts Great review! I have it stacked already 6mo
suzisteffen @Cathythoughts Thanks! Hope you like it! I had to wait QUITE SOME TIME to get it as an ebook from the library, but it was worth the wait for sure. 6mo
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suzisteffen
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Getting started! The first short story/chapter was fascinating and alarming.

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ReadingEnvy
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Bangkok Wakes to Rain is an intertwining narrative between eras (Siam to Bangkok to New Krungthep) and characters that move in and out of each other's lives in sometimes unexpected ways. Take the sensory placeness of Murakami, the vibrant city of Thayil, and the connected but widely varied stories of David Mitchell and you'll get some of the feeling of the novel. I'll talk more about it on an upcoming podcast episode.

pppooraikul OMG I need to read this! As a Bangkokian, I have to say I‘m so proud to see a Thai author on international shelves. 🥰🤓📚👏🏼 6mo
ReadingEnvy @pppooraikul yes! And there are so many Thai authors translated into English this year and last year 6mo
pppooraikul @ReadingEnvy I never knew that! Great to hear, really. Still, so curious why all of a sudden? 🤔 6mo
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ReadingEnvy @pppooraikul not sure but seems to come in waves! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review! I just read this! 👍 4w
ReadingEnvy @erzascarletbookgasm thanks! I enjoyed this one. 4w
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ReadingEnvy
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I have Thai fruit and books for the weekend!

batsy Rambutan is one of my favourites. And I have some for this weekend, too 😊 7mo
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fleeting
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A letter from, and to, Bangkok. Sweeping & lyrical but also incredibly quiet, as if you're underwater, hearing only dull echoes above. It revolves around a city & a house that fell into ruins, w/ only a semblance of the people who (used to) live there; they're projected, forgotten & remembered again, but from a distance.

Love this: "I wish I had a better explanation, but I think that maybe yes, they do, even when we don't. Places remember us."

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fleeting
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My completely unrealistic vacation line-up. Even planning to add the 2 Rachel Cusk that completes the trilogy, and Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem trilogy. At this point my vacation should last until the end of the year, at least. And hey, this is already trimmed down from 35 books originally. 😂 Don't judge, you know we all have the same problems. Now reading Bangkok so that's one off, already thinking of what should be next. Any suggestions?

TheNerdyProfessor Miracle Creek was one of my favorite books this year! Also, I just picked up The Farm too. 8mo
Freespirit Some great books there! 8mo
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fleeting
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Went to the bookstore for the tagged book which was reserved under my name, went out with 3. #bookloverproblems Reading Bangkok now and though I'm reading each sentence around 5x, it's kind of poetic, so we'll see. Also, I love campus setting thrillers, a la The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

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Decalino
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This beautifully written book draws on all the senses to evoke Bangkok past, present, and future, as seen through the eyes of multiple characters. The interwoven stories examine memory and identity in a city where water has always meant life, but rising sea levels bring inevitable doom. I lived in Bangkok for three years, so this was a particularly fascinating read.

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Branwen
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This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2019 so far. It was very reminiscent of Cloud Atlas, another favorite of mine. Multiple characters, points of view, and time periods mixed with unbelievably gorgeous writing. Many have said that its boring or too slow, but I found the pace hauntingly hypnotic. The city of Bangkok is the real protagonist of this story. Loved it so very much! I highly recommend it! 💕📚

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sophierayton
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Mehso-so

I don't know what I just read. High brow literary fiction for sure. I suspect it will be up for awards, but I don't get it.

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Hestapleton
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A collection of loosely connected stories, centered around a condo building in Bangkok, Thailand. The book is interested in the idea that places bear witness to us and our lives. It was tricky to keep some characters straight and a bit tough to get into at the beginning. Once I got in the rhythm of the writing it got a bit easier. A fitting book to read on a gray, almost rainy, day. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Liberty
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IT‘S NEW BOOK DAY! Here are some of today‘s new books! What are you excited to read? 📚❤️📚

8little_paws Def. Bangkok wakes to rain!!! 11mo
LeslieO Sophie Hannah! 11mo
MrBook Wow! These sound superb! Look, @BookBabe ! 11mo
Bklover The Secret of Clouds!!! 11mo
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Liberty
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Some bright nature covers to combat a gray Maine day. 🌿🌺🌻

Tanisha_A 😍 11mo
batsy Oooh 💚 11mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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So many exciting releases this year, here‘s my #mostanticipatedrelease2019 (yeah, I can‘t choose one 😁). #anewchapter

TheBookStacker I‘m super excited for Bangkok! 12mo
JennyM Look at all those beautiful covers!! 12mo
rohit-sawant Lovely collage! 12mo
batsy 😍 Tagged book sounds so promising. 12mo
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Liberty
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Today in kitten exploiting: Look at this gorgeous cover! It‘s out February 19th. (Book photos: now with 50% more cat hair.) 📚❤️📚

sblbooks A gorgeous kitty too! 12mo
JenReadsAlot Cute kitty 😻 12mo
Booksnob I‘m going to Bangkok this summer. Adding it to my list. 12mo
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TheBookStacker Preordered this can‘t wait! Love the kitty 12mo
tracey38 Aww, kitty is so cute. 12mo
TheLibrarian What a cutie!! 😻 12mo
saresmoore I just want to boop her wittle ginger baby head SO MUCH. 12mo
mreads 😻 12mo
TNbookworm 😻 12mo
heikemarie Sosososo sweet. Kittens love being exploited. Mine tell me so all the time. 12mo
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