Maya - Illusion (Behind The Smile)

Maya - Illusion (Behind The Smile)

The Story of Lek of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya

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Author: Owen Jones
Publisher: GD Publishing
Length: 320 page(s)
Language: English
Written: July 2013
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Novels  |  Work: Roman
Keywords: maya - illusion, behind the smile, owen jones, pattaya, thailand, bar girls, ex-pat, thai village, thai, rural life, mid-life crisis, rice, rice farming, north thailand, bangkok, sex tourism

This is the third book in the series, but can be read alone with no problems.

Lek was born the eldest child of four in a typical rice farming family. She did not expect to do anything any different from the other girls in her class in the northern rice belt of Thailand.

Typically that would be: work in the fields for a few years; have a few babies; give them to mum to take care of and get back to work until her kids had their own children and it would be her turn to stop working to take care of them.

One day a catastrophe occurred out of the blue – her father died young and with huge debts that the family knew nothing about. Lek was twenty and she was the only one who could prevent foreclosure. However, the only way she knew was to go to work in her cousin's bar in Pattaya.

She drifted into the tourist sex industry. The second book, ‘An Exciting Future’, tells of Lek’s attempts to settle down and this, the third book, picks up the story of Lek's life six or seven years after that. At forty-ish, it is time to take stock of her life. She looks back on her past and wonders whether it was all worth it.

Should she feel bitter about what has happened to her or should she move on and try to forget her past?
Should she just try to erase it, whitewash it out, like so many women did or should she feel proud of what she has accomplished?

Lek is plagued by mixed emotions and tries to seek an explanation that she can live with for the rest of her life.


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Author Owen Jones, from Barry, South Wales, came to writing novels relatively recently, although he has been writing all his adult life. He has lived and worked in several countries and travelled in many, many more.
He speaks, or has spoken, seven languages fluently and is currently learning Thai, since he lives in Thailand with his Thai wife of ten years.
\"It has never taken me long to learn a language,\" he says, \"but Thai bears no relationship to any other language I have ever studied before.\"
When asked about his style of writing, he said, \"I\'m a Celt, and we are Romantic. I believe in reincarnation and lots more besides in that vein. Those beliefs, like \'Do unto another...\', and \'What goes round comes around\', Fate and Karma are central to my life, so they are reflected in my work\'.
His first novel, \'Daddy\'s Hobby\' from the series \'Behind The Smile: The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya\' has been followed by six sequels, but his largest collection is \'The Megan Series\', twenty-three novellettes on the psychic development of a young teenage girl, the subtitle of which, \'A Spirit Guide, A Ghost Tiger and One Scary Mother!\' sums them up nicely.
As Owen puts it:
\'Born in the Land of Song, living in the Land of Smiles\'.

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