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Emma Larkin's Burma,
This review is from: Finding George Orwell in Burma (Paperback)
As an introduction to "Burmese Days" by Orwell, this book can be useful.
Emma Larkin travelled extensively through Myanmar and found a lot of people and went to a lot of places, succeeding in conveying to us some of the flavour and scents of the Burmese scene, but mostly she chases after the ghost of Orwell. Her main conclusion should have been that the ghost is no longer there.
Other travel books in Burma ("the Trouser People") try to achieve the same purpose using other authors, but the idea is the same.
Clearly Myanmar is one of the most fascinating, fulfilling and memorable travels one can make, and you can dispense altogether the pretexts to get to know it better.
As a political critique, this book is mixed and not very clear. Anyway, a good reading to anyone thinking about going there.