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Book Description

Brings together the popular Thai writer’s most highly acclaimed novel with three short stories highlighting the plight of the underclass.

About the Author

Siburapha (Kulap Saipradit, 1905-1974) has enjoyed a checkered reputation in the Thai literary world. A popular and accomplished writer of romantic novels in the late 1920s, his later work tackled themes of social injustice and inequality. Imprisoned from 1952 to 1957, Siburapha subsequently sought asylum in China, where he remained for the rest of his life.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Silkworm Books; New edition edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9747551144
  • ISBN-13: 978-9747551143
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anthony E. Waters on October 6, 2011
Behind the Painting is widely read in Thailand. It is a romance story which describes the tension between romantic love and duty to family. Film versions are widely known in Thailand where Behind the Painting is also required reading in Thai schools.

The story itself is set in 1930s Japan and Thailand, where two Thai aristocrats wrestle with their love for each other, and their duty to their family. The two protagonists are both involved in arranged relationships which they entered into out of duty to family and social class. Duty to family wins out in the end, a conclusion which some of my Thai friends assure me is indeed satisfying, though my American friends find tragic.

Behind the Painting is engaging for its story line which is well developed and entertains and intrigues. It is worth reading for this reason alone. But for the more anthropologically inclined, Behind the Painting is also interesting for what it says about Thai culture and values. The book from this context, helped me to understand better how my Thai friends understand themselves and their families.
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