Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Oasis Listen with Prime Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indictment of the colonial system, 17 Feb. 2012
By 
This review is from: Burmese Days (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
This review is of the Penguin "Modern Classics" edition of Burmese Days, with the introduction by Emma Larkin.

There are 25 chapters to this 300-page book and most of the important characters are introduced in the first two chapters which cover 34 pages. I found it a little difficult to get going with the story because sorting out the many characters who are introduced at the beginning was, for me, a little challenging ... for example, U Po Kyin is also known as Ko Po Kyin; Ma Kin is also known as Kin Kin.

So, I wound up making a list of characters, rather like the cast of characters one might see prefacing a play, and, hey presto, it all fell into place. In fact, there are no more than a dozen important characters, Flory, an English timber merchant, being the character around whom the story is based ..... otherwise there are a hotch-potch of colonials, "Eurasians", an Indian doctor, Burmese, etc.

It's a bit of an adventure story in that a minor revolt is taking place, dacoits (bandits) are running around, and Flory gets himself all messed up in some kind of doomed romance (on the one hand he has a Burmese mistress, on the other he falls in love with a newly-arrived young female fellow-colonial) .... but more than that it's an indictment of British colonial rule in 1920's Burma.

There is quite a lot of news coming out of Myanmar at the moment in which we hear of the undemocratic and autocratic government that presides, but reading this book makes one realize that life was much worse under the British.

In later works Orwell wrote about the poverty of the least fortunate in the 1920's-&-1930's in Western Europe, and later wrote criticisms of totalitarianism and fascism, but this book is all about the British colonies.

For me, he succeeds in making Flory, with all his faults, a character who, despite the fact that he is obviously on "the winning side" (with the colonials) a believeable and likeable character.

Easy five stars.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]