Phaphutthahuup Saksit Annotated Lao Novel Samples

Phaphutthahuup Saksit, the first Lao novel, written by Somchine Nginn in the 1940s, may seem simplistic or naive to the modern reader of Western (or Thai, or Indian, or Indonesian, etc.) novels. It's important to remember, however, the historical and social significance of this novel, as it was the first time that a creative work was written in Lao prose (as opposed in verse). In addition, due to its brevity and direct, simple prose, Phaphutthahuup Saksit is ideal for the Intermediate student of Lao as a first foray into more complex texts beyond folk tales and news articles.

This annotated version of the novel, retyped in an easy-to-read font, draws on the important grammatical and cultural material in the novel and explains it clearly in English to deepen your understanding of the novel, and to prepare you for reading longer, more difficult works. Here are some samples of various sections in the novel (entire chapters, actually) so you can see how this version accomplishes the above.

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Cover and Introduction to the 1966 Edition of the Novel

Phaphutthahuup Saksit Sample Chapters, Explanations and Exercises

  • Chapter One

  • Chapter Four

  • Chapter Nine


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