Mixed Massages (II) is the second volume in a collection of short stories, essays, and articles about Pattaya, Thailand, and expat life. The author Jonathan Finch sets out to depict a Pattaya very different from the one advertised or vilified. His Pattaya is inspirational and sends out messages night and day but those messages are very mixed. Pattaya is alluring and may massage you into a false sense of security but in Pattaya’s underbelly are the seeds of bedlam.
The fun in Fun City comes at a cost, and fuelled by enormous amounts of drunkenness and desire, the enticing party going on in Thailand’s extreme city, the lusts, the ladies, the gays, the cross-dressers, the nightlife and its glittering lures, are sucking away at the revellers, many of whom are unable to make rational choices.
Self-awareness, moderation, and thought are essential if balance is to be maintained. This second volume of Pattaya voices and vices includes an unlikely philosopher in Pattaya, comic ways of increasing Thai debt in the Isaan, observations on Pattaya’s road-accidents, a dad dying of an overdose of Viagra, Einstein correlated with a tube, a discourse on leaving the toilet seat up, and more.
Join in Finch’s literary fun and appreciate just how dangerously inspirational his Pattaya can be!
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- Big Baz
Crazy and Funny
The book itself is lots of small stories but a few of these stories did have me laughing a lot. Henry Douthwaite in his performance is very entertaining, for example the email exchange where Henry is portraying different characters was a particular favorite of mine.
The book is an easy listen and you don't need to try and concentrate to figure out what's going on plus you can dip in and out as and when without losing what's going on.
Well worth a listen
For all old and new lovers of Thailand visits
As an ageing adolescent who spent 6 years in Laos during the VN war and who revisited Thailand again mid 40’s - this is brilliant. Funny, thoughtful, philosophical and accurate if sometimes sad, this is a must listen. Massively enjoyed. Reflective, calming and typically ironic reading too.