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Posted November 30, 2010
This book is really interesting if you like history. I personally think it's highly ok, it's not terrible. It's about Anna Leonowens herself and her adventure in Thailand. When she was still in England growing up, she married young (to another English man of course), had two kids and soon became widowed. It's pretty sad that he died early. She turned to teaching and soon enough she received an invitation from King Rama IV of Siam (Currently Thailand) to tutor his wives and children. She left there with her young son name Louis. When they reached there she had no way of communication, but lucky enough she knew how to speak khmer. She got to meet with the Kings right hand man and asked where she would be staying. Luckily he was able to understand and translate for King Rama.
King Rama and her had a bit of a conflict because he denied that he ever said he had a place for her to stay and that she was to sleep in a shed for starters. With him being the king she couldn't go against it. They invited her to a performance later and she agreed. They had a bit of a chat with eachother, she had very much courage to go against his will, but he let her. Her son later on, wants to go back home from being "bullied."
What happens after that? You're gonna have to read the book yourself. But, I would really recommend this book if anyone didn't know what to read for a school or if you're ever bored, like history or memoirs, this is it. Overall, it's made for me, but it doesn't have much of what I was really intending to read.
Posted September 18, 2007
Your decision to purchase this book depends mainly on what it is you seek. If you expect an interesting and easy-flowing narrative, such as portrayed in movies and musicals claiming to be based on the book, you will be sorely disappointed (as I was). If, however, you hope to find a long and intricately-detailed account of all things Siamese, -- her history, court protocols, geography, literature, art, culinary offerings, imports, exports, manner of travel, religion as it relates to Roman Catholicism, architecture, precious metals, customs, superstitions, foreign relations, clothing and hair styles, manner of war craft, flora and fauna, 'etc.', -- sprinkled with minimal anecdotal vignettes of Mrs. Leonowens' experience in the many-faceted country and not at all mentioning cats, you, my friend, are in for a very special treat.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.