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Protagonist James Flory is a timber merchant, whose facial birthmark serves as an outward expression of the ironic and left-leaning habits of mind that make him inwardly different from his coevals. Flory appreciates the local culture, has native allegiances, and detests the racist machinations of his fellow Club members. Alas, he doesn't always possess the moral courage, or the energy, to stand against them. His almost embarrassingly Anglophile friend, Dr. Veraswami, the highest-ranking native official, seems a shoo-in for Club membership, until Machiavellian magistrate U Po Kyin launches a campaign to discredit him that results, ultimately, in the loss not just of reputations but of lives. Whether to endorse Veraswami or to betray him becomes a kind of litmus test of Flory's character.
Against this backdrop of politics and ethics, Orwell throws the shadow of romance. The arrival of the bobbed blonde, marriageable, and resolutely anti-intellectual Elizabeth Lackersteen not only casts Flory as hapless suitor but gives Orwell the chance to show that he's as astute a reporter of nuanced social interactions as he is of political intrigues. In fact, his combination of an astringently populist sensibility, dead-on observations of human behavior, formidable conjuring skills, and no-frills prose make for historical fiction that stands triumphantly outside of time. --Joyce Thompson
This book really has all the makings of a really good read: well developed characters, an interesting setting and a well spun tail.
He has a much broader understanding of the peoples and the country and he seems to be very sensitive to the environment, both cultural and social.
George Orwell's early novel "Burmese Days" (1934) is both a story of failed love and a critical portrayal of British imperial rule in Burma.
This book is interesting, offering historic value, and reflects the genuine goodness of mankind when faced with the horrors of impending war and a country without military strength... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dolores B. Johnston
Who writes more lucid, fresh sentences than George Orwell?
On top of that, this is about Burma.
Very well written and quite interesting. Ideal before a holiday in Myanmar and it gives you the feeling of the life in British colonies seen through the critical eyes of George... Read morePublished 2 months ago by laura palmucci
The book arrived quickly in advertised condition. It was a good story worth reading.Published 2 months ago by papa
A great novel about colonial Burma, giving several points of view and a wonderful sense of time and place.Published 2 months ago by Rhonda Burnley