Had this self-published anthology of interconnected stories, based on M.P. Joseph’s experiences as a United Nations employee in Cambodia, not been so rich in humour or in the variety of memorable characters enlivening them, there would be reason enough to carp about its glaring editorial lapses, including the cardinal one: a structure elastic enough to indulge the first-time author’s habit of digressing into areas that may have only a tenuous connection with the narrative of the moment.