A classic memoir of Leonowens' time spent at the Siamese Court. The English Governess at the Siamese Court (1870) earned her immediate fame but also brought charges of sensationalism. In her writing, she casts a critical eye over court life; the account is not always a flattering one, and has become the subject of controversy in Thailand; she has also been accused of exaggerating her influence with the king.
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Anna Harriette Leonowens (6 November 1831 – 19 January 1915) born Anna Harriet Emma Edwards, was an Anglo-Indian or Indian-born British travel writer, educator, and social activist. Her experiences in Siam (Thailand) were fictionalised in Margaret Landon's 1944 best-selling novel Anna and the King of Siam, as well as films and television series based on the book, most notably Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 hit musical The King and I.From AudioFile :
In 1862, Anna Leonowens moved with her youngest child to Siam to serve as governess and translator to the king and his family. Leonowens wrote an account of her adventure, the basis for the play and movie ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM, detailing arguments with the king, reflections on daily life in Siam, and insights into the religions and philosophies of those she encountered. Nadia May makes a valiant effort at infusing feeling into the work, but her superb performance doesn't transcend Leonowens's burdensome detail. Recounts of and interactions with the royal family are delightful, but Leonowens often falls into judging and belittling her hosts rather than reporting. May keeps her tone light and humorous at these times, but it isn't enough to remove the shock one feels at such politically incorrect viewpoints as seen from our modern vantage point. H.L.S. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Description du livre CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. État : Brand New. 222 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.50 inches. This item is printed on demand. N° de réf. du libraire zk1491027398