Venusberg Revisited: More Stories of Thailand


Author: John Cadet
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Pages: 202
Language: English
ISBN: 9781633232099
Publication date: 12.11.2014
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The Venusberg of the title story is, of course, Bangkok and environs, its Tannha
The Venusberg of the title story is, of course, Bangkok and environs, its Tannhauser an ex-GI who discovers it’s best not to come back. As in Occidental Adam, Oriental Eve, Cadet’s principal theme is the meeting of two cultures, and in this and the other ten stories, his protagonists are seen at frightening, baffling, bizarre and occasionally extremely funny moments in those meetings. A former volunteer remembers the few minutes’ up-country violence that changed his life – an expatriate painter follows the regressive course of the ‘primrose path’ through Bangkok’s night-clubs – a dying tycoon sees heaven and hell in the familiar metropolitan setting – a resourceful country girl discovers a remarkable if chilling remedy for the poverty oppressing her – while down in Pataya, when the US Navy pays a visit, a no-less-resourceful city lady averts potential psycho-nuclear disaster…or so she tells us.
John Cadet is well-qualified to write of East and Southeast Asia. He has made his home there, teaching and engaging in journalism, as well as researching Thai literature, since 1961. The shorter of his stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the region and beyond, mostly under the pen-name Charles Browne. The short stories, along with a number of his longer works, are now appearing on the Internet. His study of the Thai epic, The Ramakien, in multiple editions, was published world-wide by Kodansha International.
“Cadet has something worthwhile to say. (his) characters – from lissome students to diplomatic mediocrities = embody human frailties which make them…real. Venusberg Revisited … is thoroughly recommended and deserves to be widely read.” (Bangkok Post Newspaper)
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J.M. Cadet was born in London but has lived in the East – mainly in Thailand – since 1961. As well as teaching English at the Chitrlada Palace School and for the British Council, he was at one time the news editor of the Bangkok World Newspaper and the initiator of the Thai TV FM Multiplex news programme. In Chiang Mai, where he now lives with his Thai wife and daughters, he has taught English literature as a special lecturer at Payap University and serves currently as an adviser for the Graduate School of Chiang Mai University. In addition to his two collections of short fiction, he has written a study of the Vessantara Jataka (a Buddhist ‘Birth Story’), and is now completing a non-fiction work, provisionally entitled The Road East.

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