In Eva Fejos' world, everybody comes to transit through Bangkok
I made a personal resolution this year to be more aggressive about making vacation time to travel, and this book, Bangkok Transit, by Eva Fejos allowed me to do so vicariously. And while I realize that this doesn't count as actual traveling, Bangkok Transit appealed to the daydreaming wannabe traveler that I am, and is sure to awaken a desire to see the world in other readers as well. In Bangkok Transit, everybody has their unique story, and the unique thing that they search for. It romanticizes being a "seeker" and impulsively taking to the sky to find oneself, or somebody else, as the case may be.
Author Eva Fejos, a Hungarian writer and journalist, went on to write twelve additional best-selling novels in Hungary following the publication of Bangkok Transit in 2008. Her books are said to be "therapeutic journeys", containing characters who never give up on their dreams. A main theme that is said she wishes to convey through her novels, is the importance of taking our lives into our own hands.
This is the first novel of Fejos' that I've read, and I did admire the ability of her characters to act on what were sometimes seemingly rash decisions, and be driven by the things they seek. It is ironic though, that while Fejos is a proponent of deciding one own's fate, much of the plot of this novel was propelled by chance encounters in and around Bangkok. Why Bangkok? Fejos is from Hungary and she says that while her hometown gives her lots of inspiration, she loves to travel and wishes to take her readers on exciting journeys as well.
I won't get into all seven characters, but a couple of the standouts were Paul, a man who needed to be coaxed into opening his heart and welcoming new experiences, and Lian, an adopted half-Thai girl, who cannot help but be preoccupied with experiencing her roots. Each story was interesting, though, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what they were seeking and whether or not they were able to find it. It is well-written, and I enjoyed going through this light read. Overall, I thought it was really fun. It made me wish that I was brave enough to just pack up and go to a foreign country for an indefinite amount of time, until I found the inner peace that all of Fejos' characters ultimately required.
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Eva Fejos worked in one of the largest Hungarian women’s magazines, Nők Lapja (Women’s Journal), as a journalist from 2001 until 2012. She was the recipient of both the Award for Quality Journalism and the Award for Excellence. She is tremendously fond of traveling. Her many experiences give a personal touch to her exciting, propelling, and exotic novels. Fejos's first Hungarian best-seller book, Bangkok transit, reached the top of the best-seller list within one month of its publication. Following the initial publication of this novel in 2008, she has gone on to write twelve other best-sellers, making her a publishing phenomena in Hungary. According to the many accounts given by her readers, the author's books are "therapeutic journeys," full of flesh and blood characters who never give up on their dreams. Many readers have been inspired to change the course of their own lives after reading her books. "Take your life into your own hands" is one of the important messages the author wishes to convey. Connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.