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Anna and the King

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  226 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Arriving in Siam as governess to the King's royal children, the recently widowed Anna brings with her a fiercely independent spirit, a passion for justice, and a hidden loneliness.

As Anna learns more about her exotic students and their proud, handsome father, the ancient, exotic land of Siam approaches a critical moment in history. fighting to keep his equal -- and more. I
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 8th 1999 by HarperEntertainment (first published 1999)
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Oct 07, 2014 Izida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Очарована съм.
Бях скептично настроена, че книга по филм няма да е кой знае какво (колкото и да ми харесват филмите от '76та и '99та), но... Хубави мисли, стегнат изказ, с кратки, но достатъчно ясни и красиви описания, които ме пренесоха в Сиам и заедно с героите се разходих из дворцовите градини, танцувах на приема, смях се, почти заплаках на места и се замислих за някои житейски въпроси (та мога да кажа и - образовах се).
И всичко в тази тънка книжка, ах, искам още! :)
Rikke Bay
This is really an incredible book! It's based on the filmscript, but don't think then it something junk they made to make more money. It is beautifully described and you really get the aura of Siam (now Thailand) Of cause it can be that because I've been in Thailand before I have a easier time to imagine the impression Thailand has. But I wanna bet that even so, you would still get some of the impressions. It's a really beautiful lovestory. If you havn't seen the movie - do it! Their love for ea ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it
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Nu er det ved at være noget tid siden jeg læste Anna og kongen, men jeg husker dem som rigtig flot (sprogligt) og meget fængende. Jeg læste den færdig i løbet af et par dage og var rigtig glad for den. Jeg tror det er så længe siden jeg læste den at jeg vil genlæse den snart for at kunne skrive noget lidt mere betydningsfuldt end "den var vist nok god."

In all seriousness. Det forhold de to bygger op virker slet ikke som et kærlighedsforhold til at begynde med, det gør den sjov på sin egen måde a
Kim Dempsey
Jan 04, 2016 Kim Dempsey rated it liked it
After listening to this book on tape I realized I liked the movie much better. It was a very quick read, and somewhat cool on the historical factor. Not one of my favorites, but still glad to have read it.
I wasn't happy with the ending at all.
Jan 23, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it
"...all who gazed upon them that night knew they gazed upon the most enduring true nobility, of heart as well as spirit."

I loved the meeting of two cultures, two belief systems, two families, two people seen here. But what I love most of all is the character that was maintained through the relationship that built. But their actions showed only the utmost in respect for each other, their families, their belief systems and their cultures. They were changed for the better because they knew each oth
Jan 19, 2013 Rhonda rated it liked it
I love the movie The King and I starring Yul Brenner :0) but I did not really enjoy this book as much as I have the movie. I found the book dry in places and had a hard time keeping my attention. I fully expected the book to be better than the movie but in this case it was not.

However- one good thing did come out of me reading the book, I did a bit of research and Anna and the King is based on an actual I have Mem's biography on order and will be reading the true story of "Anna and the
Mar 17, 2011 Leah rated it it was amazing
One of my top favorite books! I love the story and writing style. I love how the author gave brief synopsis on other characters in the book. I usually dislike when authors do that, but the way Hand did this was excellent. I wouldn't necessarily have this as a romance, but a historical fiction. I learned alot about Bangkok and I think the story between Anna and the King was one of respect and love. There are few books I keep for rereading purposes and this book falls among the re-reads. I am now ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Randi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bogen var meget bedre end jeg havde forventet men der var visse punkter hvor den ikke helt ramte hvor jeg mente at den burde.
Generelt var den flot beskrivende og jeg følte alle konflikterne.
Fx ved visse dødsfald, jeg forstod at det var sørgelig men jeg følte det ikke hos mig selv.
Brian Howald
Apr 03, 2012 Brian Howald rated it liked it
I`m a big fan of Jodie Foster and after seeing the film, I had to buy the novelization, a tie-in concept that`s almost extinct nowadays. The book fills in some of the gaps and provides enough backstory to illuminate the events and characters swirling around the plot. ...more
Rissa Yullita
Sep 03, 2007 Rissa Yullita rated it really liked it
aku liat film versi lamanya.. trus baru baca bukunya n nonton film yg versi jodie foster n chow yun fat
ceritanya bener2 memikat, meski di akhir cerita anna and the king cintanya ga nyatu, tapi banyak pelajaran yang bisa diambil dr cerita ini. its amazing story...
Jan 15, 2012 Korrin rated it really liked it
Such an entrancing story. The whole concepts of this book are great! Liked it a lot; I just strongly dislike the ending.
Feb 06, 2012 Aura rated it really liked it
this book was great! I seriously adored the movie, so this is a nice way to take a closer look at the story. great book
Chanel Thyson
Oct 20, 2012 Chanel Thyson rated it really liked it
Good book. You just have to read it yourself. It's indescribable, at least to me it is.
Anne Lydolf
A really charming and lovely book, very romantic. Good for a rainy day.
Jun 10, 2010 Glorianne rated it really liked it
this is like my Pride and Prejudice.
Jun 04, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
this book never gets old... love it :)
May 25, 2009 Whitney rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read.
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A New York Times notable and multiple award– winning author, Elizabeth Hand has written seven novels, including the cult classic Waking the Moon, and short-story collections. She is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She and her two children divide their time between the coast of Maine and North Londo ...more
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