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Thhat's Pacific

For the amount of crime committed, there is a near-complete absence of menace. People get killed with a bland regularity.

Thhat's Pacific
Thhat's Pacific
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With a sensuous cover portraying a luscious nude, presumably meant to be dead, but with a healthy glowing skin, a reader might assume that this is a book of murders inspired by perverted sex. Readers old enough to remember the twisted mind behind the killings by Charles Sobhraj will recognise the similarities between Johnson Thhat, the protagonist of this book, and Sobhraj. Dhondy clearly meant the similarities to be recognised, but does not allude to Sobhraj in any way—with good reason. The book meanders through the misdeeds of many latter-day villains like the Taliban, other sundry jehadis and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the British Pakistani, who led Daniel Pearl to his death. But why is Dhondy, a writer of fine prose and sensitive conversation in books like Bombay Duck, portraying Sobhraj and Sheikh in...a novel? The question must remain unanswered, because the author, despite many and scattered attempts through the book, does not really understand evil, nor seeks to write or portray it. Sobhraj in real life was certainly a pervert, a...
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