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The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen Hardcover – 25 Mar 2011


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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Silkworm Books (25 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9749511956
  • ISBN-13: 978-9749511954
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 6.4 x 24.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,184,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

"The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen" is Thailand's version of Romea and Juliet mixed up with Robin Hood.... The dialogue is passionate, moving, even funny-as co-translators Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit have demonstrated.--BBC News "Bangkok "

The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen is Thailand's version of Romea and Juliet mixed up with Robin Hood.... The dialogue is passionate, moving, even funny-as co-translators Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit have demonstrated.

--BBC News "Bangkok "

The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen is Thailand's version of Romea and Juliet mixed up with Robin Hood.... The dialogue is passionate, moving, even funny-as co-translators Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit have demonstrated.

--BBC News "Bangkok "

Review

Thailand's only wholly homegrown literary classic…is, in Western terms, a dozen Shakespeare plays rolled into one, with a rich vein of Arthurian romance to boot. The end result of countless live and unusually improvisational performances at temple fairs and in royal courts, 'Khun Chang Khun Phaen' entails comedy, tragedy, love, sex, war, magic, honour, infamy, gallantry, and treachery. And that, as untold millions of Thais have seen in the course of nearly four centuries, is entertainment.

(The Nation)

The KCKP of 2010 is probably as complete a corpus as what the prince would have envisioned years ago. Moreover, Baker and Pasuk have combed through every possible existing version of the classic tale in Thai and provided an impressive array of alternative versions to the standard text edited by Prince Damrong in 1917/18. Their afterword also offers a critical comprehensive look at the unique history of KCKP, how it evolved from the oral tradition circulated among commoners to become one of the greatest works espoused by the Siamese court, and also at the context of Thai literature and the social and geopolitical landscapes key to understanding the saga.

(Bangkok Post)

The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen is Thailand's version of Romea and Juliet mixed up with Robin Hood…. The dialogue is passionate, moving, even funny-as co-translators Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit have demonstrated.

(BBC News Bangkok) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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