Cities of Angels by Charlie Herald
From LA to Bangkok the Irish Way
A True Story
"Honesty is revealing and reality is often stranger and funnier than fabrication."
Waking up with a mind distilled from an evening's over indulgence, this Irish-born Los Angeles resident, discovered he unintentionally booked a flight on the internet to rendezvous with his father in Bangkok. So begins a whimsical, self-unearthing and true family tale, set against a backdrop of three Cities of Angels: Los Angeles, Bangkok and Ballycastle, Ireland.
Chronicled from both a resident's and a cultural rubbernecker's perspective, the narrator recounts: calling the Vice President of the United States a wanker, in person; assaulting a Hollywood leading man; a near-death experience with an LA street gang; riverdancing with Malaysian villagers; father's life-altering participation in the Bali bombing; spending the night with an IRA terrorist; prostitution; transsexual experiences and numerous comedic, cultural contradictions.
The book is written in 'real time', allowing the reader a passenger's insight, which educates about three cultures, entertains, inspires and hopefully connects with their own experiences.
"if I had to edit properly, I would have to rewrite the whole bloody thing." John, The Editor