TOP 3 BOOKS OF 2005: What did you read about Asia this year?
VERY THAI by Philip Cornwel-Smith and John Goss (River Books)
By Donald Richie
This is a brilliant book-length photo-essay on Thai popular culture that gives hundreds of examples of the Thai way of doing things. As Alex Kerr says in his preface, this culture “seems an informal, free-wheeling place, even at times chaotic. But the more time you spend here, the more you realize that there is an internal logic and symbolism invisibly ordering everything.
Donald Richie was an authority on Japanese film and culture and Asian culture, lived partly in Chiang Mai, and is the late author of The Image Factory, The Inland Sea, and Tokyo: A View of the City
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