For your consideration, I have prepared a short story which is based on a true event. The name of the fictional novel is Fiction Thai. It is written in the first person and is set in Thailand. It is by LEE Eaves, an American who was a political prisoner of thirty-three years. He managed to write this novel and has sent it to me for translation and publishing.
The story is in third person narration. It is set in a small village in Thailand. A thirty-one-year-old American named PATIENCE comes from Massachusetts. He had been previously arrested in Bangkok and remained there for about five years. He then went to Thailand in search of work and ended up in a poor village where he met an older woman who was also from Massachusetts.
PATIENCE is from a humble background. But he managed to bring honor to his family and himself. But this was done in spite of personal disadvantages. He was a good student and a leader who loved to study. He was well educated and a very good writer. He was an artist too, but not very good.
During his stay in this village, he met an American named GERRY who had come there to study and find a job. They became friends. They later married and had three daughters. GERRY was from a successful family. PATIENCE on the other hand was from a broken and largely neglected family. She was widowed as a child and had very little or no experience of married life.
They fell in love and spent their entire life together. They raised their children together. Their marriage was a happy one. The children were well taken care of. GERRY took up PATIENCE’s family as his own and they all made a happy home.
One day, PATIENCE fell ill and missed her husband. However, PATIENCE had a daughter named HELEN who was the spitting image of her late mother. HELEN was just like GERRY in so many ways. HELEN was a very good student and athlete, and she excelled in all of them.
When HELEN was fifteen, GERRY took her to Europe to study. This was a great opportunity for HELEN since her grades in school were excellent. GERRY could not leave his family and they decided to stay in Bangkok, where HELEN lived. Their daughter was now thirteen and studying at college. GERRY used this opportunity to train her in the finer points of Thai martial arts.
The marriage was a happy one and their daughter is now a beautiful woman. They are devoted to each other and wish the best for the next generation. Thailand is a great place to visit and learn about this interesting culture. There are many Thai classes to choose from in Bangkok.
During my past years working in Bangkok, I met a few expats who had come to teach English as a foreign language. They told me a sad story about their families. They said that in most cases, people here did not have much of a life outside of work. They worked long hours and did not have time for anything else. They would go to bars and clubs and have fun but seldom thought too much about the relationships they had with their families back home.
After five years of living abroad, they met an American in Bangkok who was thirty-one years old. He worked as a waiter and lived alone in an old house. He was clean-shaven and had a mischievous look in his eyes. He taught the majority of the English lessons that were being offered. He used many of the traditional Thailand phrases that I had been using but added a few American swear words.
The students who followed him learned quickly and became fluent within three months. Some of them left because they felt that their lifestyle was no longer satisfying. Others remained and in four years, they were teaching at two international schools. They loved it.
My friend, whom I have referred to only as Mike, now teaches at a school in Bangkok. He has a thriving business teaching English as a foreign language and loves his job. His students are mostly American but there are a few from India and South Korea. All of them say that life is better than it was while they were studying. Mike and his students have a new appreciation for the values of hard work and family.