Patpong, in the heart of Bangkok, teems with bars and sex shows, catering mainly to farangs - foreigners. Cleo Odzer, a young anthropologist, spent three years studying the area. Gaining the confidence of the bar girls and bar boys, she interviewed them at length, lived among them, accompanied several back to their families in remote villages. She also got to know their customers, those in for a night or in forever (many fell in love and stayed on in Patpong). From Odzer's account emerges a far different picture from the cliched image of the prostitute. Many of the Patpong girls, smart and enterprising, use their profession for self-liberation and to support their impoverished families back home. Warm and personal, Patpong Sisters reveals the truth about the $4 billion Bangkok economy of sex.
Listeners looking to author and anthropologist Cleo Odzer for academic rigor may come away from Patpong Sisters: An American Woman's View of the Bangkok Sex World disappointed. But for those seeking a more personal, introspective tour of one of the more fascinating and infamous marketplaces in the world will find much to admire in this account of a young American scholar's immersion into some of Thailand's seedier quarters. Performer Amanda Carlin gives a measured and compassionate reading of Odzer's text, evoking a world of danger and heartbreak and illuminating the often surprising insights of this intrepid traveler and author.
We've sent an email with your order details. Order ID #:
To access this title, visit your library in the app or on the desktop website.