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Based on the incredible true story of one woman's journey to the exotic world of nineteenth-century Siam, the riveting novel that inspired The King and I. In Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon; 15 editions; First DAISY for print-disabled Download ebook for print-disabled (DAISY). Editorial Reviews. Review. “An inviting escape into an unfamiliar, exotic past. Ms. Landon's is Buy a Kindle Kindle eBooks Kindle Unlimited Prime Reading Best Sellers & More Kindle Book Deals Free Reading Apps Kindle Singles.


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I had no idea this was based on a memoir. So I was quite excited to give it a shot. Then I became swallowed in the minutiae of description and filler. I think I made the right choice in audiobook with this one. I think a person interested in Siam or that area of Asia in the mid s may find this book interesting; otherwise, it becomes rather flat with constant recitation of children's lessons. I'm glad I read it, but dare I say this I think I'd rather see the movie.

View 1 comment. Nov 22, Stacy rated it it was amazing. A biographical retelling with fictional bits to fill in the holes of Anna Leonowens life. A daughter of a British military man, and spending part of her childhood in India, Anna was acquainted with many customs that may have been deemed exotic to the Western world.

After school in England, and reuniting with her mother in India, who had remarried after the death of Anna's father, Anna bucked the controlling step-father and married another British military man whom her step-father felt was bene A biographical retelling with fictional bits to fill in the holes of Anna Leonowens life.

After school in England, and reuniting with her mother in India, who had remarried after the death of Anna's father, Anna bucked the controlling step-father and married another British military man whom her step-father felt was beneath her position. Having a few children, 2 died in infancy , and suffering further tragedy with the loss of her mother and then husband, she was hard pressed to provide for her children.

Anna decided to open a school for military children out of necessity for income, but her success as an educator soon reached the ears of King Mongkut, king of Siam. He corresponded with her to try to secure her to teach his 82 royal children as well as some of his favored harem.

Against the advice of her closest friends, she agreed, taking her young son Louis with her, and having to part with her daughter Avis that had to leave to begin her education in England.

Upon arriving in Siam, she was hit with tons of culture shock, and the harsh realities of life there, not only for the poor, but women of any class, and the institution of slavery that was very much a part of life.

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The longer she was there, the more she saw the injustices on many levels, and she felt it was her mission, or "calling" you might say, appointed by God to make a difference for the future of these people through the education of the royal young. The story draws on not only her diaries and journals, but letters from her children, from her to others, from the King to other dignitaries, and even official royal decrees.

The down-trodden and even women of the harem would often come to her for help in some injustice because of her close proximity to the king and access to his ear, along with her unwillingness to back down. She had much success and the king was often angry with her, but her drive to make a difference did not go unnoticed-- even years later, when her grandson visited the country and wanted to see where she had lived, all gladly showed him the home of "the white angel". Her efforts did make a tremendous impact too, even though at the time she felt as if no progress was being made, when one of her students, Prince Chulalongkorn, became king.

Because of the impact of her teaching on him, he himself said that he desired to abolish slavery in Siam, do away with the custom of prostration and human worship, building schools and hospitals throughout the country I loved this book, and another example of how one person can make a powerful difference. Oct 21, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: When my friend Kelsey suggested this book, I didn't expect to be so moved. I will try to gather my thoughts and write more soon.

This is not an easy book to read. While it handles many situations with uncommon delicacy, many things that Anna witnessed were hard. She spent almost six years daily teaching in a haram. Slavery was everywhere; women were not valued, jealousy, false religion, and indecency of all kind abounded. People failed to treat her When my friend Kelsey suggested this book, I didn't expect to be so moved. People failed to treat her well. The king allowed his emotions to rule him which meant Anna was in and out of favor.

She watched people tortured to death for crimes they didn't commit.

Anna and the King of Siam

With all of this Anna kept her goal in mind. She knew that she didn't have the power to change the king. She knew that she could not affect political change in Siam herself.

She did know that because she could teach the crown prince and the other royal children, she had the ability to influence the future of a nation. So often, if we can't affect change quickly, we stop trying. We stick labels on people and cultures, throw up our hands and walk away.

Anna knew that she had to be persistent and keep her goal in mind. She knew that the only way to provide lasting change for a nation was by changing the hearts of the next generation. I was moved by her faithfulness, her courage, and her perseverance.

Dec 04, Antof9 rated it really liked it Shelves: I really had no idea what to expect when I read this, knowing what I know about both the musical and the more recent movie with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat and how musicals really compare to books I've read the book and seen on Broadway Wicked , after all. 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 I really had no idea what to expect when I read this, knowing what I know about both the musical and the more recent movie with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat and how musicals really compare to books I've read the book and seen on Broadway Wicked , after all. One of the first things I noticed was that the writing was definitely an older style than I normally read Anyway, I really -- I mean really -- enjoyed this book.

I felt like as "historical fiction", it was one of the most accurate books I've ever read.

As non-fiction, it read like a novel. As a biography, I learned so much about this amazing woman, and the incredibly difficult choices she made. Any way you look at it, this is a really good book. There are a million things to write about here, but maybe I'll just leave it at how Anna's teaching and presence affected the future of a country, and how although her opinions may not have affected King Mongkut much although you could argue that they did ; they had a HUGE impact on Prince Chulalongkorn, who later became king.

His desire to abolish slavery, and his first official proclamation which eliminated "prostration" were profound.

For the full review, please visit: In the early 's, Anna Leonowens, a widow with two young children, was invited to Siam modern day Thailand by King Mongkut who wanted her to teach his children and wives the English language and introduce them to British customs. Inspired by two memoirs written by Mrs Leonowens, Margaret Landon took the first person narratives and enhanced them with details about the Siamese people and their culture from other source For the full review, please visit: Inspired by two memoirs written by Mrs Leonowens, Margaret Landon took the first person narratives and enhanced them with details about the Siamese people and their culture from other sources.

The book has been translated into dozens of languages and has inspired at least six adaptations into various dramatic mediums. Now, for the first time, it is also available on electronic format. Anna's relationship with King Mongkut is complicated from the start he did promise her a house of her own.

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 with her Western ideals and values. Especially young Prince Chulalongkorn. When the young prince became king, Anna's influence has lead Chulalongkorn to abolish slavery in Siam and introduce democratic reform based on the ideas of freedom and human dignity as first learned from his beloved tutor.

Anna also assisted King Mongkut to communicate with foreign governments. One actual historical event portrayed in this novel, was King Mongkut's written offer of several pairs of elephants to President Buchanan of the United States. According to King Mongkut, the elephants would be useful in the unsettled parts of the United States. President Buchanan's successor, Abraham Lincoln, responded to the extraordinary offer. In a letter dated February 3, - he graciously accepted the sword and photograph from the King, but politely declined the elephants.

This brilliant novel combines in-depth research with richly imagined details to create a lush portrait of Siam. Anna and the King of Siam has enchanted millions over the years.

It's an historical tale of cultural differences that invites readers into an ancient, but vivid world told through the eyes and real-life experiences of unforgettable characters. Jun 21, Sarah Sammis rated it did not like it Shelves: Anna and the King of Siam is a fictional account of an English teacher's two volume "memoir" that had long gone out of print.

Margaret Landon combined these two books together into a historical novel. As there are so many points of elaboration it is hard to get any real sense of the events that might have actually taken place back in the s. A quick search online will bring up numerous opinions and essays on the story in its many forms: This s reprint of the novel came my way via the old Bookrelay site. I've seen the musical The King and I a number of times as it was one of my grandmother's favorites and she and I spent a lot of time together.

I can't say I agree with grandmother on the film. I've always found it a little boring and off-putting. The book suffers from many of the same problems. The book is long and dry. There are scenes designed for a melodramatic impact but they often fall flat. Landon's descriptions of the scenes reads more like a book report or perhaps a dull copying job from Leonowen's books?

After having suffered through pages of minutiae one might has well have read a history book on the same subject and at least come away with having learned something! Anna for all her "good intentions" comes off as so xenophobic that it is hard to believe she has as much influence as the novel would have one believe. I am not expecting a "politically correct" novel but Anna's distrust of her Siamese hosts is extreme compared with similar books I've read from similar eras both the s and the s.

View all 4 comments. Jul 03, Robyn rated it really liked it. A fascinating read- I love Thailand and this was an interesting look into its past. The writing style comes across somewhat disorganized and apparently there is some dispute into the veracity of all of her claims.

What did I learn from this- there are strong women all over the world who can and do make a difference. As Margaret Landon wrote of some of the Thai women "they were not surpassed by the women of any nation in the world.

But the system under which they lived! That was the crux of the m A fascinating read- I love Thailand and this was an interesting look into its past. That was the crux of the matter! We could all learn from them.

It is not your circumstances in life- it is what you do within those circumstances! Oct 14, Evangeline rated it it was ok Shelves: Anna and the King of Siam started out on a really high note. I loved the description that dripped with atmosphere, the characters were spunky and unique, and the best part was that it was based off a true story! But then it went on. And on. And ON. The description never ended and the plot never started.

Since it is based on a true story, I'm not sure there is a particular plot. It was a struggle to finish. Aug 20, Laura C. Anna Leonowens was a real woman and this really happened, and that statement alone seems crazy when you read the book.

This is a fabulous story about one woman who happened to be British when the English ruled the world. I loved it so much more than I thought I would. Nov 30, Allison rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 and told the story about Anna Leonowens and her time as an English governess and teacher to the royal Siamese children Many of them, seeing that she was not afraid to oppose the King, imagined that she had more than human powers.

Anna and the King of Siam , by Margaret Landon , was originally published in and told the story about Anna Leonowens and her time as an English governess and teacher to the royal Siamese children.

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Since its publication, it has been adapted into a musical, several movies, and even a TV series. However, it was not done as artfully as it could have been.

I understand that this book is now over seventy years old, but the narrative was dry and often boring. One of the reasons Landon wanted to pursue this work is because Anna Leonowens often gave long, drawn-out accounts of the world around her.

Anna And The King Of Siam

There were long passages where the author would talk about events that were happening all over the world that had no relevance to the plot of the story. The whole entire story seemed to be told in a nonlinear manner. Anna and the King of Siam opens up with Anna and Louie her son on the Siamese steamer, the Chow Phya , heading to Siam from Singapore; after this initial chapter, there were three that outlined how Anna got to that point.

This was much the flow of the book. Maybe a chapter or two of narrative in the present, then a few chapters recollecting on the past, like expounding on a story of a woman that Anna was trying to help. On top of that, there would also be letters, which I am assuming Landon found during the course of her research.

However, she included so many long pieces of information that the story felt less like hers and more like she was copying and pasting from all of the information she found instead of making it uniquely her own; I understand there is only so much to be done when writing a semi-biographical story, but she could still had given it more of a unique voice.

I also was not a fan of Anna Leonowens herself. She seemed too high-and-mighty for me. She was very big on helping out her fellow women — whether slaves, members of the harem, etc. Although she was not entirely haughty, she still could have been humbler, in my opinion.

Though I will admit, that is not entirely the fault of the author, since the narrative was based upon a real person. I also did not like the characterization of the King of Siam. The book spoke several times of his great accomplishments For all the things I did not like, there were some redeeming qualities of the book.

The notion of female solidarity was strong. Anna Leonowens, for all of her faults, still truly cared about the children and the women in the Harem she was charged to teach, striving them to think independently and not to be limited by the fact that they were women.

She also spoke out against slavery, even as the American Civil War was occurring on the other side of the world. She took a risk by immersing herself in a culture so vastly different from her own — although she was of Welsh heritage, it is important to note that she did spend a lot of time in India and Singapore from her teens onward. For that, she should be admired. In a time when women were not given many rights, it was nice to see a strong and independent character — even if she was a flawed English woman living in Siam — taking up the narrative.

I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. Jul 20, Mike rated it really liked it. The basis for the musical play is this book, published in There really was an Englishwoman who traveled with her son to Bangkok to serve as a school teacher for the many children and some of their mothers of the King of Siam in he really did have a harem of concubines.

Her name was Anna Leonowens. She was recently widowed her husband had been a British officer serving in the Far East and now had to support herself and her two children. She and her son spent five years in Bangkok. Her daughter was sent back to England and was never with her in Siam.

Hollywood filmed the book in the late 40s, with Rex Harrison playing the king. And of course portraying the king in the musical version was the trademark career-defining role for Yul Brynner, who won the Best Actor Oscar for the film version. The copy I read is an old hardcover version 70 years old now! This volume is printed on lighter paper than would have been used before material limitations became necessary, and the number of words on each page has been substantially increased.

The smaller bulk in no way indicates that the text has been shortened.

The author sought to combine them and make the story meaningful for contemporary readers. Anna also wrote an article about her experience that appeared in an issue of "The Atlantic Monthly" magazine in Most of them are quite interesting to read about, and some are quite harrowing.

The descriptions of life in the palace, the harem, the justice system, the religious influence of Buddhism, the political situation the king was quite troubled in dealing with the British and the French and their attempts to expand their empires , the royal ceremonies, and other facets of life in that part of the world at that time period are fascinating.

Nov 29, Sally rated it liked it Shelves: King and governess -. Kindle Edition The source of the musical, this biography of Anna Leonowens, governess to the Siamese royal children, was published in 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 "She and the King were more than 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 described in Ms Landon's work, are in fact totally fallacious - she was born in India of mixed-race parentage.

Maybe a chapter or two of narrative in the present, then a few chapters recollecting on the past, like expounding on a story of a woman that Anna was trying to help. On top of that, there would also be letters, which I am assuming Landon found during the course of her research.

However, she included so many long pieces of information that the story felt less like hers and more like she was copying and pasting from all of the information she found instead of making it uniquely her own; I understand there is only so much to be done when writing a semi-biographical story, but she could still had given it more of a unique voice.

I also was not a fan of Anna Leonowens herself. She seemed too high-and-mighty for me. She was very big on helping out her fellow women — whether slaves, members of the harem, etc. Although she was not entirely haughty, she still could have been humbler, in my opinion. Though I will admit, that is not entirely the fault of the author, since the narrative was based upon a real person.

I also did not like the characterization of the King of Siam. The book spoke several times of his great accomplishments For all the things I did not like, there were some redeeming qualities of the book. The notion of female solidarity was strong. Anna Leonowens, for all of her faults, still truly cared about the children and the women in the Harem she was charged to teach, striving them to think independently and not to be limited by the fact that they were women.

She also spoke out against slavery, even as the American Civil War was occurring on the other side of the world.This work was extremely well done. One of the reasons Landon wanted to pursue this work is because Anna Leonowens often gave long, drawn-out accounts of the world around her.

Oct 13, Fabiana Rodriguez Aguilar added it. Does not thing about mutual with our political matter or end the slavery of Thailand that she claimed to be the originate of that idea. Feb 10, Ipat Veryinsane rated it did not like it Shelves: Jul 23, Awallens rated it liked it.

It was a struggle to finish. I remember the movie adaptation of The King and I so well as a child. I will try to gather my thoughts and write more soon.