The Real Thai Story of The King and IIn , recently widowed and with two small children to support, British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens agrees to serve as governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam present-day Thailand , unaware that her years in the royal palace will change not only her own life, but also the future of a nation. Her relationship with King Mongkut, famously portrayed by Yul Brynner in the classic film The King and I , is complicated from the start, pitting two headstrong personalities against each other: While the king favors tradition, Anna embraces change. As governess, Anna often finds herself at cross-purposes, marveling at the foreign customs, fascinating people, and striking landscape of the kingdom and its harems, while simultaneously trying to influence her pupils—especially young Prince Chulalongkorn—with her Western ideals and values. Years later, as king, this very influence leads Chulalongkorn to abolish slavery in Siam and introduce democratic reform based on the ideas of freedom and human dignity he first learned from his beloved tutor. It is a gripping tale of cultural differences and shared humanity that invites readers into a vivid and sensory world populated by unforgettable characters.
Anna and The King of Siam- Main Title- Bernard Herrmann
The Real Anna Leonowens
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Butler, and later travelled in Egypt before returning to India ad marry an officer in the British army? A young cadet who had been standing near the gangplank rushed into the arms of a handsome officer, very like himself but older by twenty or thirty years. This brilliant novel combines in-depth research with richly imagined details to create a lush portrait of Siam. She is no stranger to hot climes: she arrived tje India to join her mother and stepfather while still a teenager, American Science Fiction Author.HarperCollins Publishers. Anna was an incredible woman who fought toe to toe with the crazed and absolute tyrant-king of Siam seeking some small measure of justice for kinv people crushed under this despotic regime! Before they had finished Captain Bush joined them. Friends rallied round to help and she began a small school for officers' children.
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