Our Trip 2012 (11) Book Club

Our stay in Bangkok is almost at an end, we have taken two side trips, one to Vietnam and one to Myanmar (Meeanmar) the newish name for Burma, both will be explained in separate blogs.

I still have a few adventures to relate. One day I went with a group of ladies in a book club to a members house to listen to a discussion on the book “Bombay Anna”, about the true life story of Anna Leonowens (The woman whose “story” is supposedly portrayed in “The King and I”)

This book club started life while I was living in Bangkok and is called  “The Fiddleheads”, it began life for members of the Canadian Club who wished to read and discuss  all kinds of books, we focused first on books about Asia as well as Canada, but really anything is read so long as it seems good.  It also usually involved lunch, I am happy to see it is still thriving, no longer just for Canadians, but anyone who likes reading. The get together was hosted by Tessie who lives somewhere out of town and who organised a van to pick us up and drive us to and from here house. Tessie provided a delicious lunch of seafood and many other dishes, not to mention the wine! we also had a guided tour of  her amazing house which is decorated in a Rococo Style with floral overtones.

The book discussion was lead by MOM Betty (an American woman who is married to a member of the Thai Royal family, thus her title.  MOM Betty had been a teacher and her detailed explanation of the book and indeed of Anna’s amazing life was very well received. As I hadn’t read that book (I have read other’s on Anna’s life and knew some of her real story, but not all) I found I know want to read the book, in spite of its title!

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Ladies of the Fiddleheads book club at Tessie's house. Mom Betty is in the centre of the sofa, Tessie is seated on the far right and i am standing centre back

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