Books: Wayward Papa

MY DANISH FATHER (255 pp.)—Karl Eskelund—Doubleday ($2.50).

Eighty-five years ago, Schoolmistress Anna Leonowens (Anna and the King of Siam) went to Bangkok to spread the blessings of "the English language, science and literature" among members of the royal family. It was more than half a century later when young Dr. Niels Eskelund arrived in Siam from Denmark.

Anna's influence had all but disappeared. From Dentist Eskelund, who became "royal tooth puller" to the court, the Queen demanded a set of false teeth—black, because she chewed betel. But when he commanded her to "open the royal mouth" she refused, finally consented with the understanding...

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