Anna and the King of Siam
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 exo...more
It was really interesting to start with the preface by Margaret Landon and learn more about Anna Leonowens. It made me once again glad that I read prefaces, because it put me in the right state of mind to read this book.
One of the first thin ...more
I am a passionate about Asia's history, but I had a really hard time reading Anna and the King of Siam. I found the story of Anna interesting, but the book is written in some sort of small and brief stories, it feels that every chapter is a new one. It was because of this that I feel it is lacking a plot and a climax, the suspense or the emotion that keeps me turning pages. It took me almost two months to reach to Chapte ...more
By sally tarbox on 30 November 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
The source of the musical, this biography of Anna Leonowens, governess to the Siamese royal children, was published in 1945. The author states that she worked from Anna's own memoirs; unfortunately more recent research proves that she re-invented herself significantly through these works; thus her girlhood in Wales, her first visit to Bombay aged 15, so well descri ...more
In 1862, British governess Anna Leonowens was engaged by the King Mongkut, King of Siam, to be the governess of his children.
During the 6 years of her stay in Siam, Anna witnessed a lot, learned much about the culture, traditions, beliefs of this country, but most of all she tried to leave her mark upon the fresh minds of the princes and princesses.
During her stay also, she was almost always in opposition with King Mongku ...more
As I read about the harem of the king and the brutal class distinction in Siam, I couldn't help but think that this book is a perfect portrait of what a society in bondage looks like. Rather than believing in the ...more
In particular, I think Anna would make a compelling heroin for older girls or young adult women. She admits fear to herself, but she refuses to let it determine her actions. She has an overriding sense of honor, but she is flexible in how she accomplishes what she sees as honorable outcomes. By putting her heroine against a real and flawed bac ...more
Many of them, seeing that she was not afraid to oppose the King, imagined that she had more than human powers. So not only the poor, but the highly placed ladies of the harem came to her secretly with their grievances. Without intent, she found herself set up between the oppressor and the oppressed.
Anna and the King of Siam , by Margaret Landon, was originally published in 1944 and told the story about Anna Leonowens and her time as an English governess and teacher to the royal Siamese children ...more
The book, may have inspired the musical however, this is not the musical.
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Well, I'm not sure where to start with this one. I guess at the beginning. Prior to this, I'd never seen the movie or musical versions of this tale, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was under the mistaken assumption that it might involve romance between Anna and the King. I couldn't have been more wrong.
This disaster of a "novel" begins with a thorough explanation of how it came into bei ...more
Landon's Anna and the King of Siam is a beautiful and moving work of historical fiction based on the true story of the life of Anna Leonowens during one remarkable period in her life. Interspersed throughout the narrative are sketches, courtesy of Margaret Ayers. This novel was first published in 1944.
Anna Leonowens, recently widowed, is seeking a means of making income after the untimely death of her husband. Anna has spent nearly half her life in the O ...more
Anna Leonowens is a widowed English woman living in India in the 1860s. Since losing her husband, she has struggled to provide for her two children. An opportunity arises for her to serve as governess, teaching the royal children of Siam (modern day Thailand) English and assisting their father, King Mongkut, with secr ...more