Monks and (Review) Magic

from Press News, posted 08/31/2012 - 11:42

As you may remember, a rather special book arrived at the NIAS Press office after a somewhat mysteriously long journey, as documented here.

In any case, Monks and Magic has now received its first review.  The original version of the book is praised as remaining an "ideal introduction" to rural Thai custom and religion, and a "superb ethnographic account... also a major contribution to the theoretical discourse on Thai religion."  The author of this review then describes how the new edition became "a constant source of inspiration" and an invaluable comparison guide in his own data collection in Northeastern Thailand.  

What particularly thrilled us at the office though, was the reference to the inclusion of Thai script throughout the entire book, described as "one of this new edition's major improvements."  The reviewer explains, "most publishers refuse to print Thai script due to cost considerations, and since no universally-accepted transcription system exists, the translation of key terms and bibliographic information sometimes becomes a time-consuming and frustrating endeavour."

As for the many other improvements, we'll leave you to discover those on your own.  In any case, it is always gratifying to see our titles (and hard work) appreciated.  At the Press, this work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile to create something special is our own little bit of (publishing) magic.


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