Gold by the Inch
by Lawrence Chua


Overview - Called "striking" by The New York Times Book Review, Gold by the Inch is the story of a young New Yorker of Asian descent who has returned to the country of his birth following a disastrous relationship and his father's death. In a Bangkok drunk on the nation's financial miracle -- and high on an assortment of other things -- the narrator meets Thong, a young, beautiful male hustler who works at a nightclub. As his romantic obsession with Thong grows, the narrator tries to convince himself that it transcends its commercial nature, but he is quickly forced into a hard look at the connections between desire and exploitation, personal and national identity. Lawrence Chua vividly combines Southeast Asia's troubled history with evocations of its modern face -- its polyglot culture, its colonial past, the cool futurism of its skyscrapers and its sex industry.

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Overview
Called "striking" by The New York Times Book Review, Gold by the Inch is the story of a young New Yorker of Asian descent who has returned to the country of his birth following a disastrous relationship and his father's death. In a Bangkok drunk on the nation's financial miracle -- and high on an assortment of other things -- the narrator meets Thong, a young, beautiful male hustler who works at a nightclub. As his romantic obsession with Thong grows, the narrator tries to convince himself that it transcends its commercial nature, but he is quickly forced into a hard look at the connections between desire and exploitation, personal and national identity. Lawrence Chua vividly combines Southeast Asia's troubled history with evocations of its modern face -- its polyglot culture, its colonial past, the cool futurism of its skyscrapers and its sex industry.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780802136497
  • ISBN-10: 0802136494
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Publish Date: September 1999
  • Page Count: 224
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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