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Letters from Burma

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Irrawaddy Publications; 1st ed edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8185720932
  • ISBN-13: 978-8185720937
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Living in the UK, I've become disillusioned with our politicians. Reading about Burma & this lady's tenacity has changed my thinking. This book is fantastic, it's revitalised my faith in what a democracy is about. It's a fantastic read. I wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend this book!
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Aung San Suu Kyi combines tragedy, passion, humour and most of all courage in this wonderful evocative book on her homeland. For anyone with a passing interest in Burma this is of course highly recommended. However, everyone should find time for this short book as I am confident that we will be hearing a lot more from this quite amazing woman in the coming years.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Dec. 2007
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What a fantastic book. Aung San Suu Kyi led her democratic party to victory in the first supposedly open Burmese Elections in the nineteen eighties. Since then her party has been victimised, the fascist government refusing to let them come to power, and she has been under house arrest for much of the time since. She has been cut off from her family in England and has suffered much (her husband died of cancer while she was under house arrest). In this series of letters written for a Japanese newspaper, she sums up her life, her achievements, her feelings about Burma and its state over the course of a year.
These are wonderful letters, inspirational, truthful, always with a core of dignity and hope for the future. She tells the truth about her country, describing it as both beautiful and cruel, never flinching from the unpalatable, and always ready to celebrate what is joyful and uplifting.
Necessary if you are interested in any way in the history and culture of Burma and its peoples, but also if you are interested in the fight to protect and provide basic human rights.
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Written in 1995, this book is made up of a series of letters written by the leader of the democracy movement in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, during a period when her house arrest had been lifted by the authorities, although her freedoms were still heavily restricted.

Full of grace and charm these letters cover the political situation in Myanmar at that time, as well as aspects of Burmese culture - the water festival, poetry, Buddhism amongst others.

This is a short book - of the 200 ish pages every 4th page is a drawing, and I read the whole book in just a few hours. Well worth reading though, especially if you have visited or are going to visit Myanmar
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A slow burn. 'The Lady' as she is now widely called in Myanmar writes in such a restrained way about the horrors of the recent regimes but as the atrocities and abuses pile up the Liberal in me becomes impatient with her apparent passivity - until I realise that none of us who haven't lived through such times have the right to judge. Rather as Voltaire's Candide brings to bear the reader's revulsion with the dystopia by portraying events in a calm accepting way. I was left with far greater admiration for the author than I would have with a writer who openly seeks approval for her stance.
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Written as entries as newspaper columns, all are very short. The literary style is aimed low, but nonetheless I felt I got a good insight into the lady herself and somewhat into the party and the problems as well.
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We all should become more aware of the atrocities suffered by the people of Burma. We all complain about our governments but sometimes we do not realise how lucky we are to have our freedom, which we take for granted. Aung San Suu Kyi is inspiring, courageous and a hero for her people, and many others who respect and admire her. Read this and read Freedom from Fear.
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If you are interested in reading behind the news headlines about Burma, this beautiful collection of letters (with pencil drawings)from Aung San Suu Kyi is for you. Not just for history buffs.
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