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McFinn is known for his pithy descriptive style. Take for example, those unfortunate people who bring on their own maladies to invoke sympathy. McFinn describes them as follows, Make public spectacles of themselves wallowing in their own miserable, stinking puddles of emotional puke, self-pity and spiritual nausea. What a joy they are to be around.What a joy indeed
 
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Out of the Loop by Morgan McFinn $13.97
 
Out of the Loop by Morgan McFinn
Scenes from Samui and Other Seascapes

A comedy set in Koh Samui, Thailand's tropical island paradise

This is the ultimate beach book. Out of the Loop should be installed in every beach bungalow ... The Nation

Amusing and thoughtful prose ... on-the-nose descriptions ... you're likely to laugh out loud as the pages fly past Metro Magazine

Ever felt like cashing in your chips and moving to a tropical island paradise?

Well, our man McFinn did just that....

In dread of waking up one morning twenty years on, with nothing to show for himself "other than one busted marriage, two unpublished manuscripts, three career changes, a four bedroom house, a five handicap at golf, and a six-figure income," McFinn decides to go on the bum and scratch his itch for authorship ... quitting his job, selling the house, kissing the old lady, and kicking the dog on the way out.

And so, slipping out of the Chicago Loop, our hero - reinvented as a beach-bum philosopher, humor writer, restaurateur, newspaper proprietor, and maverick-at-large - retreats to the idyllic tropical shores of Koh Samui, making his new home a rustic bungalow in a seaside compound for impecunious tourists, tramps, vagabonds, and the occasional fugitive ... Most stay a few weeks, but no one stays longer than he does.

Out of the Loop chronicles McFinn's humorous adventures and misadventures as he ponders the world from his verandah, encountering assorted bums, bores, boors, and beautiful women (with varying degrees of romantic success and disaster) along the way.

As his dear old grandmother used to say, 'You made your bed; you sleep in it.' She was one tough cookie, that broad.

Paperback
Bangkok 2000
Asia Books
343 pages
ISBN 9748303403


All Over The Map by Morgan McFinn 425 Baht
 
All Over The Map by Morgan McFinn
Sojourns in Southeast Asia and Beyond

More Amusing Ways and Woes of Morgan McFinn - the World's Most Committed Leisure Activist

A year after the publication of his 'paradise journal' Out of the Loop, slacker extraordinaire Morgan McFinn finally relinquishes his hammock on the glorious shores of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Siam. In an attempt to widen his orbit of earthly experiences, McFinn sets off to other exotic locales around Southeast Asia and even further afield. Taking up residence in a series of charming hotels, he attempts, as usual, to make himself as comfortable as possible ...

Several sojourns take our man to Phnom Penh, where he stays at the Hotel Paradise, hobnobs with members of the expat community, and undertakes a daunting philanthropic enterprise. On an island in Greece, he stays at the Hotel Rex, visits his old friend the "hermit-poet" of Patmos, and wades through the choppy waters of two holiday romances. At the Hotel Rockholm by the Arabian Sea in Southwest India, McFinn does his best to rekindle the pleasures of a bygone era when the British Raj was the toast of the town. And in the midst of all this, our boy even manages to inject some action into his idle and idyllic lifestyle - by planning a murder in Marrakech ...

Paperback
Bangkok 2001
Asia Books
289 pages
ISBN 9748303543


At The Bamboo Bar by Morgan McFinn $12.95
 
At The Bamboo Bar by Morgan McFinn

A Birthday Bash at the Most Celebrated Saloon in Bangkok

Step Inside for a Great Lounge Act ...

Well, in defiance of the local bookmakers and most members of the medical profession, McFinn somehow managed to reach the fifty-year marker. To commemorate the occasion he spent the evening with at the Bamboo Bar in Bangkok's famed Oriental Hotel. It was kind of a surprise party. McFinn had invited a few of his friends to join him - and none had shown up. He was really surprised. So, buy this book and you can join him instead.

It was like no evening the Bamboo Bar has ever experienced before. Play readings, lovemaking, a dead guy in a brown suit, lots of top-shelf booze, and a cast of characters that animate McFinn's inimically amusing style. As always the dialogue sparkles with wit ...

Think of this book as a bottle of Irish whiskey. It's real smooth. With any luck you'll be drunk with laughter before the evening's out and the sun comes out.

Paperback
Bangkok 2002
Asia Books
173 pages
ISBN 9748303697