The Long Winding Road to Nakhon Nowhere: When Thailand Truly was the Land of Smiles by Roger Crutchley. DCO Books, 2018, 242 pages. www.dco.co.th
Expats come and go constantly here in Thailand. But a few expats refuse to leave. They constantly persist like the monsoon season, heat rashes and Thai smiles. There is no way to get rid of them (just joking!). Happily for us ‘farangs’ these chronic residents include Andrew Biggs, Bernard Trink and Roger Crutchley, all master wordsmith extraordinaires.
Roger Crutchley (‘The Old Crutch‘) has made a living (and a life) being a professional Thai ‘expat’. With a weekly dose of wry commentary, self-deprecating humor, and laser-like insight into all things Thai (and himself) with his Bangkok Post column, PostScript, he has grafted his writing style into a book about how he managed to pull it all off over the past half-century. There are no dull spots, no chance to catch your breath. He makes Indiana Jones look like a comatose invalid with his constant series of adventures and tales. Only for the most fanatic ‘Crutchanista’ (OK – everyone else too). A great read! Five stars!