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Burmese Days - George Orwell
Burmese Days
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Set in the days of the Empire, with the British ruling in Burma, "Burmese Days" describes both indigenous corruption and Imperial bigotry, when 'after all, natives were natives - interesting, no doubt, but finally only a 'subject' people, an inferior people with black faces'. Against the... show more
Set in the days of the Empire, with the British ruling in Burma, "Burmese Days" describes both indigenous corruption and Imperial bigotry, when 'after all, natives were natives - interesting, no doubt, but finally only a 'subject' people, an inferior people with black faces'. Against the prevailing orthodoxy, Flory, a white timber merchant, befriends Dr Veraswami, a black enthusiast for Empire. The doctor needs help. U Po Kyin, Sub-divisional Magistrate of Kyauktada, is plotting his downfall. The only thing that can save him is European patronage: membership of the hitherto all-white Club. While Flory prevaricates, beautiful Elizabeth Lackersteen arrives in Upper Burma from Paris. At last, after years of 'solitary hell', romance and marriage appear to offer Flory an escape from the 'lie' of the 'pukka sahib pose'.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141185378 (0141185376)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 300
Edition language: English
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4.5 Help I'm a cop
"It's a drag being a cop" ~ Frank Zappa, "Help, I'm a rock" George Orwell was brainwashed. This happened in Myanmar (formerly Burma) during his five years as a policeman. He was brainwashed by the pukka sahibs’ code. The code of imperialist occupiers. The code of colonial hypocrisy. A code similar...
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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...
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5.0 Burmese Days
Terrific novel - an absolute pleasure to read. Spiteful, provocative, twisted and malevolent, the story is a real surprise.
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Sketch-map of KyauktadaIntroductionA Note on the Text--Burmese Days
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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...
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