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    Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?



    I stood reading this in the bookshop and my chuckles alerted a few security guard patrols, maybe they thought I was off my face.

    Some great stories and maybe some based on exploits from members here?????

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    Ack i've seen that before, in the big book shop near British council I think, wanted to buy it just from the cover lol
    Daniel Bedingfield claimed that his new album is what it would sound like if Sting, Stevie Wonder and Micheal Jackson were in a basement together - I haven't got the album so I'll have to imagine the sound of a blind bloke and a Geordie kicking the shit out of a pedophile.

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    I have read it. It is a bloody scream. I don't know if the stories are true but whoever wrote them knows the TEFL scene.

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    To be honest I didn't like it all. The author sent me a copy to review on ajarn.com some time ago but I found it really lacking in taste. That's just my opinion though.

    I've just blown the dust off my copy and now remember I only got as far as the second chapter. Can I quote four lines from from page 22

    "I said, open the fucking book"
    What the fuck is wrong with these kids?
    OPEN THE FUCKING BOOK FOR FUCK'S SAKE YOU STUPID LITTLE CUNTS!
    Jesus Fucking Christ. What is the problem with this lot?

    Some people might find that appealing - even humorous - but it's not my scene.
    The worst job in Thailand must be the man who has to sit down with a blue marker pen and mark a number two on the two-baht coins to stop people thinking they are one-baht coins.

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    Was he the writer that posted a few pages on here? If it is, it wa badly written and in poor taste.

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    i really hate to judge a book by it's cover but...


    "so please show no pity as we come up from the ground, and please remember as you kill us and cut us down that time will not wash clean the bloody face of history, and someone will breathe here again and they will hate you for what you leave." m.g.


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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    Maybe the folks who find that appealing could identify themselves?
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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    I honestly think that the story in there about the clueless 22 year old Brit who verbally abused his students was false.

    The story about the female ajarn that used to go to work hungover with a mouthful of Clorets was pretty good.

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat
    Maybe the folks who find that appealing could identify themselves?
    Hint hint....go back and read the op.

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Phil
    Some people might find that appealing - even humorous - but it's not my scene.
    That part of the book has to be placed in context.

    The book describes many types of TEFLer and that part is the most extreme. It is a parody on the type of TEFLer we don't want. It certainly does not glorify that type of behaviour.

    The book also describes a well intentioned middle aged woman TEFler going for her morning runs in the country.

    I found it a very funny book. Try reading some of the other chapters before deciding.

    It has a lot of obscene language, but that is the context. To be honest Phil some of the abuse and nonsense in this forum is far worse than what is in that book. I will presume you haven't had time to read it properly.

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    methinks a few ppl find it a little to close to the bone to appreciate much

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    methinks a few ppl find it a little to close to the bone to appreciate much
    I think he has written is based on collections of different characters.

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    The characters basically represent the good, bad and ugly sides of TEFL-ing in Thailand.

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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    At the new airport bookstore, I found a bunch of books about teaching in Thailand. I thumbed through a few of them. The book mentioned on this thread did seem interesting. Mixing in a little bit of fiction is ok, but language can certainly dictate who will read on and who will place it back on the shelf.

    I do like that cover pic.
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    Re: Anyone read this book on the Bangkok teaching scene?

    Quote Originally Posted by DunceCap
    I do like that cover pic.
    The 'pertness' is certainly spot on, on the "ajarn" I mean.

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