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Burmese Days (Penguin Modern Classics) New Ed Edition, Kindle Edition
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|Length: 351 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Orwell's own experiences in Burma add authenticity to his description of some pretty vapid lifestyles.
I'm torn between four and five stars, so my rating errs on the generous side.
A desperately sad story of an 'outsider' who didn't 'fit in' and was 'unsound'. Read this and you will wonder how the map was pink.
Note that the book contains highly offensive language.
This is very much a book with no heroes - each character is flawed. The main protagonist is Flory, a timber merchant. He lives a fairly peaceful (if dissolute) life but when a young English woman appears in the town he hopes to encourage her into marriage. He casts aside his Burmese mistress without a thought - an action that will come back to haunt him. Elizabeth's guardians have Flory in mind as a suitor but he in turn is painfully cast aside when the aristocratic Verrell arrives.
Throughout the book Orwell describes the lack of respect shown to the native people. Much of the language used in the dialogue is (to the modern reader) shocking but understandable. However I was much less comfortable with his general descriptions. The butler at the club is described as having liquid yellow-irised eyes "like those of a dog" and a woman is described as "simian".
The narrative flows at a good pace and there are some episodes of real excitement. Burmese Days offers a vivid and unsentimental picture of a lost era.
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