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Insightful view of today's Burma,
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This review is from: Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop (Hardcover)
Any reader of Orwell will have read the magnificent Burmese Days, one of his earliest novels. To map the journey and try to recreate some of the context of Orwell's time as a colonial policeman was an innovative task, and one which the author has completed well.
The author draws many parallels from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four and today's near totalitarian Burma. The police state, the constant surveillance, and the perpetual state of war are all things which Orwell focused on. Meeting various people and visiting all the places that Orwell is known to have lived in, she sets up an informal Orwell Book Club (unknown to the military regime in the town). There is plenty of enthusiasm for Eric Blair amongst educated English readers in Burma despite most of his books (although not Burmese Days) being banned.
The book looks at Orwell's enthusiasm (or lack of) for the Empire, and his rocky relationship with Kipling, moving from fascination to contempt and then to understanding.