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READ The Lioness in Bloom: Modern Thai Fiction about Women (Voices from Asia, 9) 107 ☆ Kepner's selection shows the many ways fiction has mirrored the lives of Thai women over the twentieth century The spectrum is broad encompassing the young and the old the rural and the cosmopolitan the privileged and thKepner's selection shows the many ways fiction has mirrored the lives of Thai women over the twentieth century The spectrum is broad encompassing the young and the old the rural and the cosmopolitan the privileged and th. It is a true pleasure to pick up a book that offers a carefully chosen spectrum of a literature about which one knows nothing It is an even greater pleasure when the subject but not all of the authors are women It is like witnessing the drawing back of a curtain that reveals a world that spans from Jane Austen to Toni Morrison There is no one in this anthology of stories and excerpted novels who rivals Austen or Morrison but the trajectory from a narrative of manners which if not a comedy is intended to instruct to outrage is similar Thai literature by women begins with two aristocratic sisters who wrote during the reign of King Mongkut IV an energetic modernizer known as the Thai Father of Science and Technology who is unfortunately known to us principally as Yul Brynner in the King and I Khun Phum was evidently an able poet but her sister Khun Suwan deserves translation It is one of the few flaws of the book that nothing she wrote is included; that may be because she decided to cloak her learning and her feminism with linguistic tricks and even apparently feigning madness The prose in the book begins with early didactic novels aimed at showing how a proper Thai wife behaves despite a loveless marriage and an available young man It progresses through the story of a woman who marries an American but instead of the kind of temporary marriage that the soldiers like to arrange it appears to be a love match with clear economic negotiation and a mother who is a shrew As the anthology moves through time themes that are familiar from other urbanizing countries begin to appear despite what the author describes as the prudish cast of Thai culture hard to reconcile with what actually happens in Bangkok the male need for control and family violence the desolation of rural poverty and of unbearable urban poverty the relief of that poverty through slavery Not that this is unremittingly bleak; it begins with a portrait of a refreshingly iconoclastic older woman Grandmother the progressive and some of the commonplaces are subverted through comedy rather than tragedy That said there are stories in the anthology that are simultaneously bleak and powerful Deaf Sim is an indictment of Thai society that spares nothing and no one At the beginning of A Mote of Dust on the Face of the Earth a village girl is sold by her parents to an attractive woman who promises a great future As an adult she returns to the village and in the last words of the story comforts a little girl by saying that she wants to help because someone once helped her

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E poor Some writers address previously unacceptable themes female sexuality spousal abuse gender oppression Others display a scintillating sense of humor They touch on many themes injustice the heartlessness of society l. This book is excellent for many reasons The stories are varied in selection and give some insight into Thai culture Having read two different translations of Behind the Painting I think that Susan has a better flow to her translation style I also love all of the background information on the authors I'll try to annotate each story in the future

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The Lioness in Bloom Modern Thai Fiction about Women Voices from Asia 9Oneliness the difficult choices that life presents Susan Kepner's lyrical faithful translations preserve the tenor and resonances of these voices many of which will be heard for the first time by English speaking readers. Fantastic a must for anyone seeking to understand anything about Thailand A fantastic starting point and the translator's notes are excellent One of the best volumes of Thai lit I've read and I've exhausted a good chunk of Susan Fulop Kepner's works