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Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Bangkok Wakes to Rain

Pitchaya Sudbanthad

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Imprint: Sceptre
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 21 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781473677258

An intoxicating collage of lives intersecting around a building in Bangkok.

4 stars out of 5
9 Mar 2019

"This exuberant debut is a swirling, multi-generational tale that shifts from the historical to the futuristic"

In a swirling, always surprising storytelling structure that at times recalls David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, Sudbanthad skilfully orchestrates the huge cast of characters. A 19th-century missionary struggles to adjust to the harshness of life in the tropics and, later, the futility of his calling. A jazz pianist in the 1970s is hired to perform for the ghosts that haunt the house of a wealthy ageing woman; her son, Sammy, visits his dying father in London after a restless existence trying in vain to settle down in a number of countries with a number of different women.