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Burdett On Soul

January 9, 2014

Excerpted from Bangkok Tattoo, by John Burdett:

“All over Southeast Asia there are American men who never go home. We simply can’t. Because when we look into the eyes of your people, we see something, call it what you like. Soul? The human mind before fragmentation? Something sacred we farang habitually amputate like tonsils because we don’t understand its function? Maybe it’s your damned Buddhism. But we see something. Now tell me this, Detective. When you look into the eyes of farang, what do you see?”

When I fail to reply, he sniggers. “Yeah, that’s what I thought.”

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