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The Resource The blind earthworm in the labyrinth : a novel, Veeraporn Nitiprapha ; translated by Kong Rithdee

The blind earthworm in the labyrinth : a novel, Veeraporn Nitiprapha ; translated by Kong Rithdee

Label
The blind earthworm in the labyrinth : a novel
Title
The blind earthworm in the labyrinth
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Veeraporn Nitiprapha ; translated by Kong Rithdee
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Author
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Language
  • eng
  • tai
  • eng
Summary
Tuned to the rhythms of the soap operas that air on Thai television each night and written with the consuming intensity of a fever dream, this novel opens an insightful and truly compelling window into the Thai heart. This is a melodrama about a ship-wrecked relationship. Set in Thailand and traveling loosely over the 1980s and '90s, with mention of a political incident in 2010, this sad and beautiful book begins on the day Chareeya is born, the same day her mother discovers her father having an affair with a traditional Thai dancer. From that moment on, Chareeya's life is bound to the weight of her parents' disappointments. She and her sister Chalika grow up in a lush, tranquil riverside town near the Thai capital of Bangkok, captivated by romance novels, classical music and games of make-believe. As children, the two develop a friendship with an orphaned boy, Pran. Over time these childhood friends find themselves lost between unrequited desires and fantastical dreams that are realer than their everyday lives. The culmination of the story comes as neither Chareeya, Chalika, nor Pran can exit safely from the intertwined labyrinth of their fates. The author's lyrical prose is enchanting: the book is filled with the colors, sounds and fragrances of Thailand. Her language has a hazy cinematic effect as characters maneuver through magical remembrances of events gone by, often failing to confront the problems in front of them. Dangerous and irresistible, the story can be read either as a nod to old-fashioned Thai romances, or as a sophisticated, literary upgrade of the soap opera drama, or as a bitter commentary on the myths, smokescreens and delusions that seem to have disoriented the Thai people with many years' heartbreak in attendance
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Awards note
Southeast Asian Writers Award, 2015
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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Wīraphō̜n Nitipraphā
Dewey number
895.9134
Index
no index present
Language note
  • English translation of the author's original Thai work
  • In English; translated from Thai
Literary form
novels
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  • Wīraphō̜n Nitipraphā
  • Kong Rithdee
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  • Orphans
  • Sisters
  • Thailand
  • Thai literature
  • Thai fiction
  • Thai fiction
  • Thai literature
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics
Label
The blind earthworm in the labyrinth : a novel, Veeraporn Nitiprapha ; translated by Kong Rithdee
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Novel
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
207 pages
Isbn
9786164510135
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1079251519
  • (OCoLC)1079251519
Label
The blind earthworm in the labyrinth : a novel, Veeraporn Nitiprapha ; translated by Kong Rithdee
Publication
Copyright
Note
Novel
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
207 pages
Isbn
9786164510135
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1079251519
  • (OCoLC)1079251519

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