Posts Tagged ‘political thriller’

Sex and the political thriller

Posted in Sex and the Political Thriller, The End of the Monsoon, Writing on March 1st, 2011 by admin – 1 Comment

The character of Zainab in an (imaginary) scene from The End of the Monsoon

 

How much is too much?

A few nights ago I watched ‘Chloe’, the latest Atom Egoyan film.A� It’s a thriller about a wife who suspects her husband of infidelity, and who hires a prostitute to test his fidelity.A� There’s a significant amount of sex in the film, most of it verbally described by the actress Amanda Seyfried.A� Her acting is so good, the verbal description is more disturbing than a straightforward image.A� Wanting to learn more about the film, I looked it up on Wikipedia.A� There I discovered that it belongs to a previously unknown (to me) sub-genre, the erotic thriller.

Why, in the 21st century, do we have a sub-genre for a thriller with sex as a strong plot and character device?A� My British publisher’s assistant editor, a young literary man recently down from Oxford or Cambridge, complained when reading the manuscript of my political thriller The End of the Monsoon that it contained too much sex.A� My first reaction was: read more »

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted in Buddhism, The End of the Monsoon, Writing on December 14th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Photograph: Khin Maung

and karma as inspiration for The End of the Monsoon

It was in a bookstore in the old Hong Kong airport in the mid ’90s that I picked up the first book I read by Aung San Suu Kyi.  I have it still.  It is called The Voice of Hope, and is a collection of conversations she had with Alan Clements. 

Suu Kyi has put Burma on the map, and when I needed a prisoner of conscience for the plot of The End of the Monsoon (I was living in Cambodia), I naturally thought of her.  read more »

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Writing The End of the Monsoon

Posted in Buddhism, The End of the Monsoon, Writing on April 1st, 2010 by admin – 2 Comments

Buddhas at Bayon, Cambodia

In search of theme and setting

In March of 2007 I sold my first novel, The Desert Contract, in a two book deal, which meant I had to write another political thriller.  But about what, and set where?

That summer, while finishing the publishera��s suggested revisions, I read Karen Armstronga��s  A Short History of Myth.  The final pages held my attention.  She suggests that read more »

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