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Title: (Mai Kan Lom)
English Edition: Wall Against the Wind
Author: Jampee Tawyleart
ISBN: 974-272-304-4
Published: 2003
Format: Paperback, 285 pages
Price: Baht199/ USD9.95

 

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Wall Against the Wind is a true story of childhood and adolescence of a young Isan girl. Written in novelistic style, Jampee Tawylerta remarkable and rare Thai woman author with little formal educationdetails her own life growing up in a Thai rural village in the 1970s, a time when trucks and concrete roads were rare and people still walked along the oxcart trails between villages and rice fields.

Told through the voice of Lamphai, Wall against the Wind is a story of a young girl learning the hard lessons of life inside a traditional rural family. This heartfelt narrative is a window into understanding a Thai mother-daughter relationship and how the young daughter drew strengths from her mother, who was like a wall that shielded her against the natural wind of pain and suffering until she learned how to be brave and strong enough to survive on her own.

In Wall against the Wind the authors keen eye for details and understanding of ancient customs, cultures, traditions, and superstitions in the way of living from birth to death. The story will not only introduce readers to an intelligent and observant young Thai village girl, but will also bring them back to the beautiful and less complicated past of Thailand that many Thais have forgotten.

 

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Wall Againt the Wind introduces an authentic Thai voice: that of the remarkable Jampee Tawylert, a northen Thai woman who, like many, left her village school at 12 to work the land and help support her family in the largely pre-industrial 1970s. The autobiographical tale is told in a novelistic style through the eyes of a nominal protagonist, and is rich with fondly recalled insight into an uncomplicated rural lifestyle that many metropolitan Thai jetsetters heve long since forgotten.
—Bangkok 101

Anyone who has an interest in Thailand and its peoples should read this
book. It may shock many, and it will educate all. A damn fine read.
—Lang Reid, Chiang Mai Mail

 

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