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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Books; New edition edition (December 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907871380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907871385
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wonderfully vivid book" --Daily Telegraph

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Norman Lewis is England's finest, living travel writer. He has written a dozen travel books, including such masterpieces as Naples'44, The Honoured Society and A Dragon Apparent. He has also written thirteen novels. Lewis regards his life's major achievement to be the reaction to an article written by him entitled Genocide in Brazil, published in 1968. This led to a change in Brazilian law relating to the treatment of Indians, and to the formation of Survival International, which campaigns for the rights of indigenous peoples.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2009
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Norman Lewis is one of the preeminent travel writers of the 20th Century. I had previously read the excellent A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam concerning his travels in Indochina in the early `50's, during the war for Vietnamese independence from French colonial rule. I've had a deep and abiding interest in Burma, alas sometimes known as Myanmar, visiting the country four times in the `80's. When I discovered that Lewis had written a travel book on the country, based on his travels in the early `50's, I considered it an essential read.

Although the central authorities were discouraging, they did not give an absolute "no," so Lewis was able to travel throughout most of the country, when there was considerable fighting due to separatist groups, a condition that exists today. He took a boat from Rangoon to the "deep south," Mergui, via Moulmein (of Kipling fame). He describes his departure thus: "There was a lassitude in the air propitious to the embarkation upon a voyage to decaying southern ports." He manages to return to Rangoon by air, and then on to Mandalay (whose only "romantic" part is its name.) From there he travels by jeep to the former British hill station at Maymyo (I probably took the same WW II jeep as he, some 30 years later). Perhaps half the book is centered on his experiences in the northern Shan States, between Lashio and Bhamo, including the market held every five days at Nam Hkam. He manages to reach the far northern town of Myitkyina, famous for the jade found nearby. He returns to Mandalay by boat on the Irrawaddy, and on to Rangoon by train, despite the fact that the middle section has been destroyed by rebels.
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Cultural experience, however much has changed. An Ethnography is a non bias recording or written description of a culture and the people inside that culture. The author Norman Lewis travels into Burma and all around the country in an attempt to capture the culture. He shows minimal bias as all of his thoughts from the novel analyze his written experience; he lets the reader “take it for what it is”. I chose this book, because Lewis’s travels through Burma relate to my ethnography. I would not recommend this book as a travel guide as it was published in 1952. “My ignorance of conditions in Burma was quite extraordinary…In July 1949; the Prime Minister had announced that peace was attainable within a year. Having heard no more I assumed the peace was attained.” The book was originally published 63 years ago; this is significant because so much has changed in Burma since then. Today, even after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Myanmar (what was once Burma) there is still conflict and has been for over sixty years. This book was more intended as a cultural experience in a narrow time slot which the Country received its independence and the government regime wasn’t out of control. However, Lewis did do a terrific job at capturing the culture around him during his travels."Apart from building pagodas, the ancient Burmese seem to have a set of extraordinary store by the act of compelling them. Just in biblical times battles were sometimes decided by individual combat between champions, there are many examples in Burmese history of conflicts being settled without fighting in favor of the side which could first complete a pagoda.". This is a worthwhile book to read in leisure time for pleasure, however should not be recommended as a travel guide.
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By Shahla Ahy Hanska on April 13, 2014
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Not only a brilliant writer but his humanity moves the reader to see what we do to this beautiful land and it's people in the name of progress.
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