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A Child of the Northeast

Author: Boontawee, Kampoon Set In . . .
 Asia, Thailand
Genre: Other
Time Frame: None
Description: 1979 S.E.A. Write Award winner and best of the year 1976. A Child of the Northeast is a novel about a year in the life of a village in Northeast Thailand during the 1930's. It is also a tale about a world scarcely known in the West: the world of ''Isan,'' which is what the natives call their corner of Thailand. Kampoon Boontawee based this award-winning novel on memories of his own childhood in Isan during the depths of the Depression. The loving, courageous family at the center of the novel include a boy named Koon, who is about eight years old; his sisters Yee-soon, five, and Boonlai, two; and their parents, whose names we never learn. They are called simply ''Koons mother'' and ''Koons father,'' even by their friends and family Kampoon also introduces his readers to a wider, equally unforgettable family: the relatives and neighbors who live in Koon's village. It is their bravery, their goodness of heart, and, above all, their indestructuble, earthy sence of humor, that shape the boy Koon's perception of the world, and of his purpose in it. CONTENT - The Village - Food in a Dry Season - Lop - The Vietnamese Invade the Chinese - A Village Courtship - A Village Wedding - A Village Festival - School - Luang Paw Loses His Temper - Bug Wax ,etc.
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