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The Lioness in Bloom: Modern Thai Fiction about Women

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Kepner's selection shows the many ways fiction has mirrored the lives of Thai women over the twentieth century. The spectrum is broad, encompassing the young and the old, the rural and the cosmopolitan, the privileged and the poor. Some writers address previously unacceptable themes: female sexuality, spousal abuse, gender oppression. Others display a scintillating sense o ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published July 31st 1996 by University of California Press (first published July 1st 1996)
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Nick
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
It is a true pleasure to pick up a book that offers a carefully chosen spectrum of a literature about which one knows nothing. It is an even greater pleasure when the subject (but not all of the authors) are women. It is like witnessing the drawing back of a curtain that reveals a world that spans from Jane Austen to Toni Morrison. There is no one in this anthology of stories and excerpted novels who rivals Austen or Morrison, but the trajectory -- from a narrative of manners, which, if not a co ...more
Melanie Hughes
Feb 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thai Literature fans
This book is excellent for many reasons. The stories are varied in selection and give some insight into Thai culture. Having read two different translations of Behind the Painting, I think that Susan has a better flow to her translation style. I also love all of the background information on the authors. I'll try to annotate each story in the future.
Sarah
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, a must for anyone seeking to understand anything about Thailand. A fantastic starting point, and the translator's notes are excellent. One of the best volumes of Thai lit I've read, and I've exhausted a good chunk of Susan Fulop Kepner's works!
Sandra Kinzer
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*Required reading for Poli Sci 244: Southeast Asia at UW-Madison
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Thoroughly enjoyable and refreshingly universal!
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I found this anthology of modern Thai fiction to read as my grandson leaves on his LDS mission in Thailand.
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