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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Burmese Days (Penguin Modern Classics)
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on 25 September 2017
Institutionalised racism by the colonials provides both the context and the driving force for most of the characters. Our "hero" - if that's the right word - at least puts up some token resistance. When push comes to shove, though, he is also found to be wanting.

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.
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VINE VOICEon 26 June 2014
Orwell posits that there is a very short period in everyone's life when one's character is fixed forever. Given the semi-autobiographical nature of this work, it would come as no surprise to anyone that Orwell himself drifted to the emotional Left in the face of such staggering racism and snobbery. However, given his schooling, the period could have started sooner.

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.
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on 25 September 2013
Good solid George Orwell. Entertaining and well written he draws on his own experiences to highlight the impact of Empire not only on the locals but also on the British Officials who administered and exploited others. Different attitudes within this are made apparent and fascinating to read. The attitudes of some of the Colonials can make you shudder and you realise that whilst some of us have moved on, others have residual thoughts and would feel comfortable in "The Club.". But the damage the system did to the British involved is shown here. Isolation, loneliness and being brutalised as well as an unjustified feeling of superiority. This was fed and fed into so many missed opportunities for friendships and developing genuine relationships with people from another culture as well as learning from them.
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on 19 September 2016
"Burmese Days" was very good. It describes the narrator's experiences as a colonial in Burma. He hates the other British people's attitude to the Burmese. However, this causes him to becomes alienated from the other British people, and he ends up in misery.
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on 17 April 2017
George Orwell may be best known for his books Animal Farm and 1984. But that is far from the sum total of his writings. Burmese Days shows another aspect of one of a man who knew how to use the English language like few, if any, others.
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on 7 February 2013
Orwell spent five years as a policeman in Burma. The characters in this novel are so vivid they surely must be based on people he met there. From the corrupt to the incompetent and the imbecilic - they are all here. Together with vivid descriptions of the country at that time (1920s), nothing more could be asked of a book. Highly recommended.
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on 29 January 2017
George Orwell, yessssss. one of the best writers. like this book
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on 31 March 2014
There is little that I can add to other peoples reviews. However I find it surprising that there are so many typographical errors in this book. Have they been left in from the Penguin Classic edition to show a genuine origin, or has it just been poorly proof-read?
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on 27 February 2017
A fascinating antidote to any rosy view of colonialism. Now we can visit Burma--I'm just back from two weeks there--it's instructive to learn more about its time under British rule
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on 15 February 2017
Great book, will definitely be listening to it again.
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