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Burmese Days - George Orwell
Burmese Days
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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - U Po Kyin, Sub-divisional Magistrate of Kyauktada, in Upper Burma, was sitting in his veranda. It was only half past eight, but... show more
Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - U Po Kyin, Sub-divisional Magistrate of Kyauktada, in Upper Burma, was sitting in his veranda. It was only half past eight, but the month was April, and there was a closeness in the air, a threat of the long, stifling midday hours. Occasional faint breaths of wind, seeming cool by contrast, stirred the newly drenched orchids that hung from the eaves. Beyond the orchids one could see the dusty, curved trunk of a palm tree, and then the blazing ultramarine sky. Up in the zenith, so high that it dazzled one to look at them, a few vultures circled without the quiver of a wing. Unblinking, rather like a great porcelain idol, U Po Kyin gazed out into the fierce sunlight. He was a man of fifty, so fat that for years he had not risen from his chair without help, and yet shapely and even beautiful in his grossness; for the Burmese do not sag and bulge like white men, but grow fat symmetrically, like fruits swelling. His face was vast, yellow and quite unwrin-kled, and his eyes were tawny. His feet-squat, high-arched feet with the toes all the same length-were bare, and so was his cropped head, and he wore one of those vivid Arakanese longyis with green and magenta checks which the Burmese wear on informal occasions. He was chewing betel from a lacquered box on the table, and thinking about his past life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781421808307 (1421808307)
Publisher: 1st World Library
Pages no: 376
Edition language: English
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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it
3.5 An Assembly Such as This ...
Though uttered in much more genteel circumstances than the setting of this book, Mr. Darcy's timeless put-down of Meryton society in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice can't fail to come to mind when referring to the characters populating George Orwell's first novel. Burmese Days is, down to the last...
Edward
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Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
4.0 Burmese Days
This book is as one might think from Orwell an indictment of colonialism. Focusing on the machinations of getting native Burmese into a small white's only club, several people are consumed and destroyed in the process.The book gets better as it goes along. It is at times very good, but it is writt...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it
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I only made it through a tenth of this book before tossing it. It starts off very racist, bigoted and demeaning for both the reader and the subject. I had heard that this was a good book, but after giving it a try, it's just not for me. No stars. DNF'd
Nigeyb
Nigeyb rated it
Another great Orwell novel. Not quite as great as Coming Up For Air or Clergyman's Daughter, but definitely better than Aspidistra. I really enjoyed it, which is odd considering it is unremittingly bleak throughout. The book brilliantly evokes colonial life in Burma in the early 20th century and ...
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