Harry Potter, eat your heart out

If His Royal Majesty ever wrote a parable about the stray prime minister who displays “modesty, clairvoyance, intellect and unswerving loyalty”, I guarantee that Thailand would be much better place for it.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty. Long Live the King!


Thursday, December 2, 2004
A book by Thailand’s revered King about his pet dog is setting new publishing sales records in the country.

The story of Tongdaeng, or Copper, was a hit when it was first published two years ago.

It has become an even bigger sensation now that it has been republished in cartoon form.

It tells the story of how a stray female dog was taken in by King Bhumipol and has since become the monarch’s favourite pet by displaying such characteristics as modesty, clairvoyance, intellect and unswerving loyalty.

First-day sales of 200,000 copies doubled the success of Thailand’s previous first-day bestseller, one of the Harry Potter series.

The story of Tongdaeng is widely interpreted not just as a feel-good tale but a parable to Thais on how they should behave.

King Bhumipol is depicted in the book as a white silhouette casting an incandescent glow.

The cartoonist in charge said it would have been improper to caricature the revered monarch and instead gave him an image of divinity.

Sales are expected to soar as Thailand celebrates the King’s 77th birthday this weekend.

1 Comment so far

  1. isriya (unregistered) on December 4th, 2004 @ 4:17 pm

    The cartoonist is the one whose cartoon published at Thairath page 5

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