Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Review of Behind the Night Bazaar by Angela Savage (Text Publishing, 2006)
It took me a little bit of time to get into Behind the Night Bazaar, but once I did the pages kept turning. Jayne Keeney is a little bit lost, somewhat restless, a tad confused about her feelings towards her gay friend, Didier, and occupies a kind of insider-outsider position in her adopted country, able to speak the language fluently and act in culturally appropriate ways but nevertheless a farang (foreigner). She’s also head strong, resourceful and happy to take risks. Her counterpart, the corrupt and scheming Lieutenant Colonel Ratratarn has the same latter qualities, making for an interesting battle of wits. The plot is nicely constructed, with a good build up of tension and a very nice twist towards the end. Savage nicely conveys the culture and place, the everyday life and corruption, and the interplay between locals and foreigners. A tale that gets progressively more engaging as it unfolds and an enjoyable sojourn into a different culture.