The King of Siam by Murray LoganThe King of Siam by Murray Logan

The King of Siam

byMurray Logan

Paperback | April 15, 1998

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The King of Siam is a book of thirteen short stories -- stories set at a dinner party between brittle friends; over a game of chess in a community centre; a visit to a racetrack in Vancouver; a poker room in Las Vegas. The characters in this book are at the fringes of society and the tattered edges of their own lives -- a teenage boy who defends his wastrel father for the first and last time; a cynical woman who attends a bizarre memorial service for someone she doesn't know, celebrating something she can't quite identify; an elderly woman, determined not to be a little-old-lady, who gets a tattoo. The King of Siam takes the reader into territory that is compellingly strange, hauntingly familiar.

Born in Courtenay, B.C., Murray now lives in Vancouver. While writing, he has worked at a variety of part-time jobs. Two of the more interesting have been the analysis and evaluation of film scripts, and poker (at a semi-legal cardroom near his house). Lest any of his stories be taken as truth, the author makes the claim, for the re...
Title:The King of SiamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.68 × 5.51 × 0.53 inPublished:April 15, 1998Publisher:Porcupine's Quill

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0889841950

ISBN - 13:9780889841956

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From Our Editors

A collection of 13 intriguing short stories by Murray Logan, this book looks at the unspoken emotions in our hearts. Focussing on people with decaying lives at the edges of society, The King of Siam describes an odd cast: an old lady who gets a tattoo, a negative woman who attends a strange memorial service for someone she doesn’t know, a camper-dwelling man who does nothing but drink rum and smoke cigarettes. Curiously, the tone of the stories is familiar and bizarre at the same time.

Editorial Reviews

`Canada produces a disproportionately high number of short-story writers. It's too early to declare Murray Logan an Alice Munro or a Mavis Gallant. However, The King of Siam constitutes an auspicious debut for the Vancouver writer. It shows in two important ways. First, a strong and distinct voice, unifies the diversity of the thirteen stories.... Second, while readers will undoubtedly prefer certain stories over others, there isn't a weak one in the collection.... Logan is a keen observer; but there is none of the dispassionate voyeur in his writing. Rather, he is a deeply compassionate writer who makes us care about his characters.'