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Finding George Orwell in Burma

Finding George Orwell in Burma [Kindle Edition]

Emma Larkin
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In this intrepid and brilliant memoir, Emma Larkin tells of the year she spent travelling through Burma, using as a compass the life and work of George Orwell, whom many of Burma's underground teahouse intellectuals call simply "the prophet". In stirring, insightful prose, she provides a powerful reckoning with one of the world's least free countries. Finding George Orwell in Burma is a brave and revelatory reconnaissance of modern Burma, one of the world's grimmest and most shuttered dictatorships, where the term "Orwellian" aptly describes the life endured by the country's people. This book has come to be regarded as a classic of reportage and travel and a crucial book for anyone interested in Burma and George Orwell.

About the Author

Emma Larkin is the pseudonym for an American writer who was born, raised, and still lives in Asia. She studied the Burmese langauge at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and has been visiting Burma for more than 15 years. She is also the author of Everything is Broken.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 545 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847084028
  • Publisher: Granta Books (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005INWLT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Homage to Burma?... 1 Jan 2011
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
Hardly. Orwell saved that for Catalonia. Emma Larkin has written a wonderful, realistic book on modern Burma, structuring it by tracing the path of George Orwell when he was a colonial officer there in the `20's. As she indicates in the prologue, many Burmese believe that he wrote not one novel, but rather a trilogy about the country: Burmese Days (Penguin Modern Classics) Animal Farm: A Fairy Story and 1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics) The later two books may have unintentional described the conditions in Burma today. I have previously read "Burmese Days" and did not particularly like it for its relentless negative tone, which may reflect the sad, debilitating nature of the colonial ruler / subject relationship. I felt it was similar to Celine's Journey to the End of the Night (Oneworld Classics)

Larkin is a journalist, using this name as a pseudonym, speaks Burmese, and must be careful of her inquisitiveness and her sources as she travels around the country. She starts her journey, as did Orwell, in Mandalay. She also knows her Kipling, and reflects on the love-hate relationship Orwell had with a writer synonymous with the British Empire. She traveled to Maymyo, the old hill station that resembles "back Home" England, and stayed at the Candacraig Hotel. She describes the town for what it is, a distant mirror of the Empire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 17 Dec 2013
Very interesting about Burma as it was at its worst with loads of details that really bring the country to life, and also an interesting insight into George Orwell and the colonial period. Also very easy to read. Was my favourite book when I was there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insigth and account 14 April 2013
By E Wood
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The writing is beatiufl and captivating. For anyone who has been to Burma or is about to visit this is certainly a useful read and provides a good perspective on just how difficult and frustrating life can be, using the vehicle of Geroge Orwell's previous experiecne of working int eh country, although at a very different time, and how this has undoubtedly affected his writings in later years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent travel book 25 Nov 2013
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This was exactly the book I needed to read after a recent trip to Burma, not so much for the Orwellian thread, interesting as that is, but for the insights Larkin provides to life in Myanmar. I wanted to continue travelling with her instead of closing the book, and immediately ordered up 'Everything is broken'.

I was rather concerned that even if names were changed it would be very easy to identify almost all of the people she speaks with. Clearly Larkin is very professional and she must have been certain that publication of 'Finding George Orwell in Burma' would not result in any repercussions for people who had trusted her with their opinions. However, I found it difficult to understand how the backgrounds of those contributors could have been changed sufficiently to protect them without entirely altering the context that characterises and sometimes validates their stories. I'm not a journalist, doubtless Larkin followed an accepted level of protective alteration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orwell in Burma, Emma Larkin 21 April 2013
By owen
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A very well-researched and compelling read which has both literary and socio-political interest. The two are marvellously intertwined as the author weaves her way in and out of a search as much concerned with a little-known part of Orwell's life, as with the history and face of Burma today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 20 April 2013
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I bought this book to learn about Burma before my planned visit. It provides detailed coverage of life in many parts of the country and the link with Orwell is well developed. Although it predates the recent changes it is useful in order to understand how bad things were.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Burma and Orwell 12 Jan 2013
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A really interesting and well written book. I already had an interest in both Orwell and Burma and Emma Larkin didn't disappoint. She is knowledgeable and her writing gives a truly human feeling to the past and present in this largely unknown country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read before you go if poss. 9 Jan 2013
By helen
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I read this when I got back from Burma - also I had read Burmese Days recently and 1984 and Animal Farm some time ago. Worth reading all three first. May interest most people - but especially those who have been to Burma.
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