Papaya Salad Elisa Butchers | Review


Published on Oct 01, 2018


"Sometimes it's not clear in which direction will the winds, but there is always a good reason to travel" (from the introduction to the book)

And is the trip, the main theme of this story from the eastern flavor, impiattata slowly, without haste, with the wisdom typical of the culture of the East.

In the Papaya Salad there is the sweetness of a Sunday morning to have lunch with the relatives, surrounded by the scents of the typical dishes of their childhood. Elisa Butchers opens the door (actually, it opens a door on a piece of their minds, to sit at the table with her and with her relatives in a particular moment of his personal history: the moment when the grandfather decides to share with her the most dismal period of his life.

You go back, far back, to the early twenties when the grandfather of the author, began its voyage towards its future, in the magical land of thailand. After she had finished school, Sompong enlists in the army, where he studied languages, to be able to one day be able to travel the world. It is 1939 when sent to Europe, at the dawn of the Second World War. The diplomat first touches the lands of the italic, where in 1940 he encounters in the speech of the Duce in piazza Venezia, when he announced the entry of Italy into the war. Subsequently, it is transferred first in Austria and then taken as a prisoner of war by the americans. During his period of imprisonment, together with other companions, thai, and other japanese military, knows Lek, the daughter of the ambassador Whan Chansook, that will become his life partner.

Tales and dishes, the first to be built, they need the list of ingredients that will enter them.

The preparation of the papaya salad, the traditional dish of Thailand, accompanied at the same time the story of Sompong, presenting a good part of the “ingredients” that make up the life of the cute little old man: teens, study, passions, love, and the Story that wants to vivergli on him, not the request.

The details of the story of the story is undoubtedly its transmission to the public: the feeling conveyed by the use of colour and the skilful management of their graphic.

If in Maus of the Art of Cancer the hardness of the concentration camps was given by a black-and-white pungent, starring anthropomorphous animals, the Papaya Salad, the sweetness, the wisdom and the magic of the Orient are transported within a historical moment that magic has nothing.

The slap cruel of the bombing suffered by the protagonist are attenuated by a soft use of colors, the same that form and then travel the reader into the size of the Ego, in contact with another inner universe is composed of memories, essences, spirituality, and fantastic animals. The taste of East and West put together by the author from the thai-Italian leave a memory pizzicorino in the mouth of the player, such as a heaping tablespoon of papaya salad.

Pleasant to the touch and to the eye, the book, published by Bao Publishing is a fine hardback colours, reminiscent of a sweet papaya semi-open, with a cover/shell, bright green, and the cut/pulp succosamente orange, waiting to be enjoyed and devoured before the hardness of the worst period of our History can divorarci in the most brutal of ways.

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