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Anna and the King Of Siam - Margaret Landon

Paperback Published: 3rd November 1999
ISBN: 9780060954888
Number Of Pages: 416

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Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikley candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines. Stepping off the steamer from London, Anna found herself in an exotic land she could have only dreamed of lush landscape of mystic faiths and curious people, and king's palace bustling with royal pageantry, ancient custom, and harems. One of her pupils, the young prince Chulalongkorn, was particularly influenced by Leonowens and her Western ideals. He learned about Abraham Lincoln and the tenets of democracy from her, and years later he would become Siam's most progressive king. He guided the country's transformation from a feudal state to a modern society, abolshing slavery and making many other radical reforms.

Weaving meticulously researched facts with beautifully imagined scenes, Margret Landon recreates an unforgettable portrait of life in a forgotten extotic land. Written more than fifty years ago, and translated into dozens of languages, " Anna and the King of Siam "(the inspiration for the magical play and film "The King and I")continues to delight and enchant readers around the world.


A very readable book


Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Langdon, is based on fact. The grave of Anna's husband, Thomas Leonowens, can be seen in the cemetery in Penang. Anna's grand-nephew became the actor Boris Karloff. The basic facts have been romanticized and dramatized, firstly by Anna in her books, "The English Governess at the Siamese Court" and "The Romance of the Harem", and then by Margaret Langdon, to create a very readable novel. As Margaret Langdon writes, it is "seventy-five per cent fact, and twenty-five per cent fiction based on fact". It is well-worth reading.

Margaret River, Western Australia


Anna and the King Of Siam

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"An enchanting book. The author wears her scholarship with grace, and the amazing story she has to tell is recounted with humor and understanding. And what a story it is!" -- "Atlantic Monthly"An invitig escape into an unfamiliar, exotic past. Ms. Landon's is one calculated to transport us instantly."-- "New York Times

Prefacep. ix
Bangkok, 1862p. 1
From Wales to Indiap. 4
The Astrologer's Prophecyp. 12
A King's Letterp. 17
The First Nightp. 24
The Kralahomep. 31
The Kralahome's Householdp. 41
The Mattoonsp. 52
The First Audience with the Kingp. 57
The Cremation of a Queenp. 64
In the King's Haremp. 71
The New Homep. 82
The School in the Palacep. 95
The Red Snakep. 104
The Palace Cityp. 112
Moonshee Digs for Treasurep. 121
The King's Englishp. 127
Lady Son Klin in the Dungeonp. 146
The King's Breakfastp. 153
The Mansion of the Brass Doorp. 167
A Slave Is Freedp. 181
The Death of the Fa-yingp. 189
The King's Spectaclesp. 198
The King's Birthdayp. 207
A Baby Is Auctionedp. 217
Royal Locustsp. 231
The Service in the Templep. 239
The Affair of the Gambling Concubinep. 249
L'Affaire Francaisep. 261
The Slave Tuptimp. 271
The King's Vengeancep. 281
The Death of the High Priestp. 296
The Prince's Tonsurep. 303
The Death of the Second Kingp. 311
The Mysterious Princessp. 322
The Red Velvet Letterp. 329
The Trip to Paklatp. 342
The Princess of Chiengmaip. 358
The Shadow Beforep. 376
Fulfillmentp. 387
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ISBN: 9780060954888
ISBN-10: 0060954884
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 3rd November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 15.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.37