The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen: Abridged

The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen: Abridged


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Khun Chang Khun Phaen is an outstanding classic in the Thai language, an entertaining folk epic set amidst the social panorama of traditional Siam. Masterfully told in the style of an ancient saga, it is a spectacular love story rich in romance, adventure, violence, farce, and magic, and ending in the tragic and enigmatic death of its heroine.

The great Thai linguist William Gedney once remarked, “if all other information on traditional Thai culture were to be lost, the whole complex could be reconstructed from this marvelous text.” Written in lively prose, this new, abridged edition retains every scene, incident, and significant speech from the full English translation, except for one short section.

The authors won the A. L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize (2010) for the full translation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9786162150845
Publisher: Silkworm Books
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chris Baker formerly taught Asian history at Cambridge University and has lived in Thailand for over thirty years. Pasuk Phongpaichit is professor of economics at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and has written widely in Thai and English on Thailand’s political economy. Together they have written and translated several works.

Table of Contents

Preface v

Principal characters ix

Three births 1

The deaths of the fathers 9

Phlai Kaeo is ordained 25

Phlai Kaeo meets Phim in a cotton field 37

Khun Chang asks for Phim's hand 53

Phlai Kaeo goes into Saithong's room 62

Phlai Kaeo marries Phim 76

Phlai Kaeo goes to war 85

Laothong is given to Phlai Kaeo 100

Phim changes her name to Wanthong 109

Siprajan gives Wanthong to Khun Chang 120

Khun Phaen and Wanthong quarrel 129

Khun Phaen states his case 141

Khun Phaen is parted from Laothong 151

Khun Phaen forges a sword 158

Khun Phaen enters Khun Chang's house 163

Khun Phaen flees with Wanthong 177

Khun Chang follows Wanthong 185

Khun Chang accuses Khun Phaen 196

Khun Phaen gives himself up 207

Khun Phaen is jailed 215

The birth of Phlai Ngam 227

Phlai Ngam volunteers 242

Phlai Ngam romances Simala 259

Khun Phaen rescues Phra Thainam 278

The capture of the King of Chiang Mai 294

The army returns home 304

The princesses are presented 319

The marriage of Phra Wai 329

Khun Chang is found guilty 341

Khun Chang petitions the king 350

The death of Wanthong 360

Glossary 377

List of Illustrations 380

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