Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Anna and the King

by Margaret Landon

This is the tale of Anna Leonowens, who was hired in 1862 to teach the children of the King of Siam. (or Thailand, to use the country's current name) If I'm not mistaken, this is an update of a 1943 book that itself was an adaption of Anna's own two volume memoirs. Anyway, as one involved in teaching English in a foreign land, it was interesting to read the adventures of a fellow expatriate 140 years ago. Some things, like the cultural misunderstandings and wonders of being in a foreign culture, haven't changed. It's really worth checking out for a taste of overseas living.
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