Love Songs from a Shallow Grave

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave[Epub] ➚ Love Songs from a Shallow Grave ➟ Colin Cotterill – Praise for the Dr Siri series “The consistently fine characterizations of the entire cast are matched by a tightly constructed plot”— Booklist “Glimpses of everyday life in Laos will appe Praise for the Dr from a ePUB ☆ Siri series “The consistently fine characterizations Love Songs PDF \ of the entire cast are matched by a tightly constructed plot”— Songs from a Kindle Ô Booklist “Glimpses of everyday life in Laos will appeal to those readers curious about a culture unfamiliar to most Americans”— Publishers Weekly Three young Laotian women have died of fencing sword wounds Each of them had studied abroad in an Eastern bloc country Before he can complete his investigation Dr Siri is lured to Cambodia by an all expenses paid trip Accused of spying for the Vietnamese he is imprisoned beaten and threatened with death The Khmer Rouge is relentless and it is touch and go for the dauntless seventy four year old national—and only—coroner of Laos Colin Cotterill was born in London in and taught and trained teachers around the world before settling in Thailand He spent several years in Laos initially with UNESCO before he moved on to become involved in child protection in the region and set up a non governmental organization in Phuket He later moved on to ECPAT an international organization combating child prostitution and pornography Colin writes and illustrates full time and lives in Chumphon on the Gulf of Thailand with his wife Jessi and a bunch of dogs He is a Dilys Award winner. I wish I had something intelligent to add to the series of cracking good reviews already written on this book After Meeting Peit Van Der Valk Nicolas Freeling of the Netherlands and Detective Wallander Henning Mankell of the Swedish police I thought I had already met the men of my dreams However I have now begun an unblushing love affair with the Laotian Dr Siri Paiboun Like the angst ridden Wallander and the wise cracking Piet Van der Valk Dr Siri spends much of his time maneuvering around an unwieldy bureaucracy However unlike the first two his ability to cope is often a matter of sheer survival and unlike the occasionally suicidal Wallander Dr Siri has every intention of hanging on to life and keeping his fellow humans in the same condition regardless of the grimness of situation it couldn't get much grimmer than Cambodia in the late 70s Anybody who lived in southeast Asia during that time can find a lot of familiar scenes under euipped hospitals antiuated euipment and the necessity for some surprising collaborations eg with a non medical institution that possesses the only microscope but also a kind of innocence that came with the era We can for example remember how a rainy day used to be fun I look forward to books by Colin Cotterill Love Songs From a Shallow Grave was confusing and tortured and it led me on a ride that was spine tingling and heart wrenching I loved this book but there were so many times I wanted to cry Sometimes this book felt almost too real The atrocities that occurred during the seventies in Cambodia and Vietnam were horrific and this tale gave a sense of reality to what happened there I was in middle school during that time and I remembered one of my friends losing her brother As I read this story I thought about that I had a friend I knew as a young adult and he had been to Vietnam He was older than I but he was so messed up I know this book is fiction but I know some of the things described here were similar to things that actually happened and that made me so sad Still I love the resilience of the characters in this series They have no money a government that's out of whack and a national ideology that is like a tape worm run amuck in the gut of their nation but they still survive and love and celebrate I think this series provides great examples of living beyond the circumstances of life and finding joy and meaning in the hard times as well as the times when life just seems mundane 25★ for my seventh outing with Dr Siri Co It's not that the series is tired or that I'm tired of it it's just that this instalment was a bit different to the others Usually there is a strong central policecoronial mystery at the heart of the story and around the edges we enjoy further building of the main characters and progress of their life story arc But this time it was like both parts were given eual weight; like the mystery wasn't strong enough on its ownIt's Laos in 1978 Over a deadly weekend in Vientiane three women are murdered with the same unusual weapon a fencing épée Inspector Phosy and Dr Siri are on the case Meanwhile Civilai has been invited to Phnom Penh on a public relations junket and has nominated Siri as his travelling companion Siri doesn't really want to go as the murder case hasn't yet been solved but he has happy memories of visiting the Cambodian capital with his first wife in the 1940s and he's curious to return BUT this is not Cambodia it's the Kampuchea of the Khmer Rouge and the two elderly gents are dismayed by what they find thereAs always I enjoyed the piece by piece solving of the murder puzzle and I also really appreciated getting some insight to Phosy's character with a lot backstory provided this time around Overall though it felt like a bit of a chore to read The Kampuchea chapters were pretty dark naturally and I found myself skimming a bit just to get through it Hopefully #8 will be a bit lighter This book is the darkest so far and looks back at the terrible senseless 1978 genocide in Cambodia Siri is in the middle of an investigation when he is sent to Cambodia on a diplomatic mission and discovers the true terror of what’s happening there The other side of the story is a murder investigation involving fencing and women who studied in the Eastern Block There is a theme of being afraid of losing love and learning appreciation for life and for all its silliness LaosThe parts where Dr Siri speaks from a Lao prison are very dark and harrowing and some things were incomgruous but the ending tied it together for me Can’t say it was mindless entertainment than the other books though I hope the next one is lighter The Dr Siri Paiboun series is one of my favorite series I found it late so am now reading it from book 1 Dr Siri is a reluctant National Coroner of Laos The previous Coroner swam across the river to leave Cambodia The series takes place in the 70's Dr Siri is in his late 70's and was trained in France as a doctor He used a French book to learn his coroner position He fought for the Communist party with his wife before the take over of the governmentNow on to this book A serial murder is happening which is unusual Three women have been murdered and it looks like it is linked to a person who knows fencing Dr Siri and his workerswifefriends are on the trail to find the murdered Dr Siri is sent to Cambodia during this time The news hadn't reached the outside world as what atrocities and mass murders were occurring there Dr Siri lands in a Pol Pot prison and suffers greatly It appears this will be the last Dr Siri bookWhat makes these books so enjoyable is the gentle humor of Dr Siri and his connections with a circle of companions The times are hard but they survive with humor and a sense of family This was the 7th book in the series At this time I am half way through the series so I have a lot visiting to do with Dr Siri and his circle of friends This is the first title I've read in the Dr Siri Paibourn mystery series and it is an impressive outing If you don't know much about Laos and the Khmer Rouge in neighboring Cambodia Long Songs will give you a true but grim history lesson Dr Siri is the only coroner working in 1978 Laos when he takes on a serial killer who's done in three young ladies using fencing swords Meanwhile he's also dispatched to Cambodia on a diplomatic mission where he runs into trouble The wry sense of humor takes the edge off the violence and gritty settings But I also liked the nifty murder mystery that fooled me Definitely a series worth reading from book one and onward I worked with Cambodian refugees in Atlanta in the 80's and found myself grateful for Cotterill's decision to take Siri into the spiritual and social devastation of Pol Pot's revolution The Cambodian segment unfortunately is not well woven into the mystery in Laos feels like parallel disconnected stories But both stories are so well written yet again that you cut Cotterill slack Even with the subject matter I still laughed out loud at several descriptions people in harsh situations find hope in humor The seventh in the series and among the best I found in the past books that some of the sweetness could be cloying and here the humour and affection the characters have for eachother is set off perfectly with the incredibly dark scenes set in Cambodia A good murder twist at the end is a bit of an afterthought but overall high uality light entertainment and if you enjoyed the other books in the series you will not want to miss this one Another wonderful installment featuring the National Coroner of Laos septuagenarian and newly wed Dr Siri Paiboun This one features a nicely plotted murder mystery in which 3 ; in addition Civilai and Siri are “invited” to Phnom Penn along with a group of Chinese officials Phosy and Dtui appear to be having marital difficulties; she confides to Daeng that she thinks he is having an affair Daeng deputizes Siri to talk to Phosy about it Siri chickens out but leaves a note for Phosy before he leaves for Phnom Penn; the note does the trick Phosy and Dtui have a real conversation and confess they love each other The spirit of a betel nut chewing old woman that Siri thinks may be his mother warns him not to go to Cambodia Comrade Phat Siri’s friend who is a Vietnamese adviser to the Ministry of Justice also warns him against going Of course he goes anywayCotterill presents a chilling picture of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge Siri escaped from the embassy and for that crime is accused of being a spy He is imprisoned and tortured while Civilai is sent back home After weeks pass with no Siri his friends give him up for dead notes and fav bits4Heroes don't just 'pass like flatulence in a strong breeze5The Department of Hero Creation the DHC was housed in a small annex of the propaganda section of the Ministry of Information Based loosely on a Vietnamese initiative already in place the DHC was responsible for identifying role models exaggerating their revolutionary ualities and creating a fairy story around their lives A week earlier Dr Siri and Comrade Civilai had received their invitations to attend this preliminary meeting They'd heard of the DHC of course and seen evidence of its devious work Every one over seventy who'd done the Party the great service of staying alive was under consideration If selected school textbooks would mention their bravery Histories would be written detailing their supernatural ability to surmount the insurmountable and carry the red flag to victory Siri and Civilai could hardly pass up a chance to scuttle such a nefarious scheme 23 There was nothing he detested than not being allowed to watch a film to its natural conclusion In his mind there was no emergency so great as to deprive a man a cinematic climax 201 In the car back to their ostentatious hotel The Sublime the cadre had asked whether they might enjoy fourteen year old girls before they slept Neither Siri nor Civilai could envisage what they might do with a fourteen year old other than a uick game of badminton250He often talked to himself when he was overwhelmed with fear He was it as a dignified reaction than wetting himself252 253 But when he reached the lawn of the national library he stopped cold His sadness for a beautiful defiled city turned to a bitter acid in his gut Strewn across the grass were the soggy remains of thousands of books Tens of thousands Some old tomes had been set alight and had melded together Illustrated pages flapped in the breeze Precious and priceless volumes providing mulch for the next generations of plants He crouched and paid reverence to the victims of ignorance and wondered whether anyone else in this city had been able to mourn the death of culture It was then that he believed it all If Big Brother could destroy literature and history he could destroy lives robot reference pg 278 The Khmer Rouge weren't they weren't human You couldn't talk to them They were robots I find this insulting on behalf of robots 288I had the option of crawling out on my hands and knees but that lackeddignity I wanted to make my escape attempt at least look like that of a biped rather than a tortoise

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Love Songs from a Shallow Grave
  • Colin Cotterill
  • English
  • 14 April 2016
  • 9781569476277