If Walter Mitty was a bit more fatalistic, if James Thurber explored meta-fiction, if, if, if...
From what I gather from "The sky-blue jar," Panu Trivej would love that he inspired this "what if" game. It's exactly the kind of story I love. It's playful but thoughtful, easily read but encourages multiple reads.
It's also not the Thai sort of story I expected. By most accounts, "The sky-blue jar" could almost be anywhere. Short of the character names, there are hardly any cultural markers to anchor the story. I like this from time to time. I've felt that way about northern books, for instance. You almost never read a novel about someone getting divorced or visited by aliens in the north. No, usually our books involve someone getting lost in a canoe. It's not that getting lost in a canoe can't be interesting and that writers shouldn't sometimes write about such a thing, it's just that not every facet of our lives here depends upon us being in the north. Trivej proves the same about Thailand.
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