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9780060954888

Anna And The King Of Siam

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  • ISBN13:

    9780060954888

  • ISBN10:

    0060954884

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-17
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Margaret Landon (1903-1993) lived in the Kingdom of Siam (now Thailand) for ten years. Fluent in Thai, she extensively researched the story of Anna Leonowens and the history of the Siamese government and culture.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Bangkok, 1862
1(3)
From Wales to India
4(8)
The Astrologer's Prophecy
12(5)
A King's Letter
17(7)
The First Night
24(7)
The Kralahome
31(10)
The Kralahome's Household
41(11)
The Mattoons
52(5)
The First Audience with the King
57(7)
The Cremation of a Queen
64(7)
In the King's Harem
71(11)
The New Home
82(13)
The School in the Palace
95(9)
The Red Snake
104(8)
The Palace City
112(9)
Moonshee Digs for Treasure
121(6)
The King's English
127(19)
Lady Son Klin in the Dungeon
146(7)
The King's Breakfast
153(14)
The Mansion of the Brass Door
167(14)
A Slave Is Freed
181(8)
The Death of the Fa-ying
189(9)
The King's Spectacles
198(9)
The King's Birthday
207(10)
A Baby Is Auctioned
217(14)
Royal Locusts
231(8)
The Service in the Temple
239(10)
The Affair of the Gambling Concubine
249(12)
L'Affaire Francaise
261(10)
The Slave Tuptim
271(10)
The King's Vengeance
281(15)
The Death of the High Priest
296(7)
The Prince's Tonsure
303(8)
The Death of the Second King
311(11)
The Mysterious Princess
322(7)
The Red Velvet Letter
329(13)
The Trip to Paklat
342(16)
The Princess of Chiengmai
358(18)
The Shadow Before
376(11)
Fulfillment
387

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