5 Best Books on South-east Asia you should Definitely Read

If you want to know a place, read about it. Yes, it is a classic advice and works every time; so, in case you are visiting a place which you do know about, then you must surf the Internet and find out some of the best books available on that place.

In this article, we are going to do the same: we are going to talk about a few good books on places situated in South-east Asia. These books are among the bestsellers and have incorporated great details and advice for readers to ease their traveling experiences.

Smaller and Smaller Circles

So, here are 5 best books on South-east Asia you should certainly read:

  1. Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

The book, Smaller and Smaller Circles, made a huge buzz when it was first published in the year 2002. The book has been also adapted into a successful movie, and there is no denying why it should not be so successful.

The book is a fast-paced story which highlights the criminal elements plaguing the Philippines. Set in Payatas—which is actually a 50-acre area in Manila—the novel explores the mysteries surrounding the appearance of mangled bodies of young boys and the attempts of two Catholic priests to find some answers to them.

The book is smartly written and has been awarded the Philippine National Book Award.

  1. Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan

An engrossing novel based in the 1980s period of Malaysia, the story centers around the affluent  Rajasekrharan family which lives on the Kingfisher Lane and whose head, Raju, is a dissatisfied husband and wealthy lawyer. The story also features accounts of his daughter, Uma, who runs away to America for pursuing higher education and his son, Suresh, and another daughter, Aasha who are left behind.

The book sets in place a meaningful narrative with an excellent use of flashbacks and tries to unearth deep secrets that terrify the very foundations of the family.

If you are a stickler for novels with great character detailing, then this novel is a must-read. Get a copy right now and experience the world of Malaysian culture from a different perspective.

  1. Indonesia, Etc: Exploring the Improbably Nation by Elizabeth Pisani

Join Elizabeth Pisani in a humorous but convincing travelogue where she accounts comprehensively what exactly “etc” in the Indonesian declaration of independence really denoted. If you are unaware of what we are talking about, go and listen to the declaration speech of the first President of Indonesia, Sutan Sjahrir.

The book accounts the long journey which Pisani took to explore the nation. In her travelogue, she writes about the helplessness of nearly 80 million people who live without electricity and are victims of corrupt State institutions.

  1. The Things They Carried by Tim O’ Brien

Tim O’ Brien gives vivid detail on his own experiences of the devastating Vietnam War that took away lives of so many and left many with scars. The author belonged to the Alpha Company, 23 Infantry Division and was a first-hand witness to brutalities committed during the war.

  1. The Silk Merchant’s Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

Dinah Jefferies comes up with yet another amazing novel where she tells the tale of a half-Vietnamese and half-French young girl during 1947s. When Nicole meets a young rebel, she finds out about the deeply entrenched corruption in the colonial system and leaves behind her family.