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Book Title: Jasmine Nights|
The author of the book: S.P. Somtow
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.19 MB
Edition: Proglen Trading Co., Ltd.
Date of issue: October 11th 2013
Read full description of the books Jasmine Nights:Jasmine Nights by S. P. Somtow. A Quirky Bangkok Novel by the J. D. Salinger of Siam
At twelve years old, Little Frog has a richly fantastic and sustaining inner life. It is 1963, his parents have disappeared, and he lives with his maiden aunts, known affectionately as the Three Fates, on a family estate in Bangkok. But, fed by a steam of books and accompanied by his pet chameleon, Little Frog refuses to accept that he is Thai; eats English food; speaks only English; and answers to the name Justin.
Into Justin's eclectically fashioned, whirling fantasy world steps Virgil, a black American boy, and together they embark on a glorious spree of magic and growing up, in which sex, adult confusions, comedy, farce, politics, and the voices of the East and West are fused into a voyage of exhilarating discovery.
"Intelligent, energetic, humane, engaging, humorous, delicate, and beautiful." Louis de Bernieres.
"[A] vibrant coming-of-age novel." The Sunday Times
"Charming, elegant, and funny ... a novel like no other and a joy to read." Cosmopolitan
"Entertaining, irresistible, gleefully absurd. How encouraging that a literary novel can be so much fun." The Washington Post
"The J. D. Salinger of Siam." George Axelrod
"Fragrant and very funny ... like childhood, one finds that Jasmine Nights is hard to leave behind." The Guardian
Read information about the authorCalled by the Bangkok Post "the Thai person known by name to most people in the world," S.P. Somtow is an author, composer, filmmaker, and international media personality whose dazzling talents and acerbic wit have entertained and enlightened fans the world over.
He was Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul in Bangkok. His grandfather's sister was a Queen of Siam, his father is a well known international lawyer and vice-president of the International Academy of Human Rights. Somtow was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and his first career was in music. In the 1970s (while he was still in college) his works were being performed on four continents and he was named representative of Thailand to the Asian Composer's League and to the International Music Commission of UNESCO. His avant-garde compositions caused controversy and scandal in his native country, and a severe case of musical burnout in the late 1970s precipitated his entry into a second career - that of author.
He began writing science fiction, but soon started to invade other fields of writing, with some 40 books out now, including the clasic horror novel Vampire Junction, which defined the "rock and roll vampire" concept for the 80s, the Riverrun Trilogy ("the finest new series of the 90's" - Locus) and the semi-autobiographical memoir Jasmine Nights. He has won or been nominated for dozens of major awards including the Bram Stoker Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the Hugo Award, and the World Fantasy Award.
Somtow has also made some incursions into filmmaking, directing the cult classic The Laughing Dead and the award winning art film Ill Met by Moonlight.
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