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Thailand Reflected in a River
Special offer
Buy this and Slithering South and get a bookmark made from the boat
By Steve Van Beek
Wind & Water Publishing
272 pages
Hardbound with dustjacket


I have long thought that if one understands the importance of rivers and the symbolism of water in Thai culture, one understands Thai history, economy, culture, and values. Water is paramount in everything from food to festivals, royal and lay rites of passage, commerce, village settlement patterns, transportation, housing, literature, and art, and that understanding the core meaning of water to Thais adds a new dimension to an appreciation of all they have accomplished. While it is a unique approach to Thailand, critical reviews suggest that it is a valid one. If nothing else, it makes for entertaining and thought-provoking reading. And the 590 illustrations both support the arguments and enhance the reader's appreciation and remove the book from the more academic approach of The Chao Phya, River in Transition, considered elsewhere on this site.

It is a weighty book with dimensions of 9½" x 13¾" (24 x 34 cm.), and a weight of five pounds (2.3 kg.). While it takes that much to tell Thailand's story, I'm not sure I will write something that massive again, to spare myself a hernia, if nothing else.

Read the introduction , a sample chapter on Floating Forests, and a sample chapter on Water Festivals. Then read what the critics saw.

View photos of the Chao Phya River from the book

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