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She also tells of how she and the King often disagreed on matters domestic. After all, this was the first time King Mongkut had met a woman who dared to contradict him, and the governess found the very idea of male domination intolerable. Overworked and underpaid, Loenowens would eventually resign, but her exchanges with His Majesty, heated and otherwise, on topics like grammar, charity, slavery, politics, and religion add much to her diary's rich, cross-cultural spirit and its East-meets-West appeal.
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By El Moro on 02-03-16
Great historical and literary work. Well performed
This book is virtually banned in Thailand. That is likely because it is an accurate and unflattering portrayal of the King and life as it was in the 1860's. The author was extremely observant of Thai culture and history. She was also very creative in her use of the English language. The book is a masterpiece.
This audio book was extremely well read by Nadia May.
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