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Letters from Burma Paperback – April 14, 2010
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About the Author
Aung San Suu Kyi is an honorary fellow at St. Hugh's College, Oxford. In 1990 she was awarded the Thorolf Rafto Prize for Human Rights in Norway and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament. In its citation, the Norwegian Nobel Committee atated that in awarding the prize to Aung San Suu Kyi, it wished to honor this woman for her unflagging efforts and to show its support for the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliation by peaceful means.
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Top Customer Reviews
Her tales are fascinating and well written. They offer a glimpse into the world of an almost Orwellian regime and can peak the interest of readers unfamiliar with Burma's current state of unrest.
As a recent traveller to Burma, I was looking for more detail into Burma's history and details surrounding the nullified election in 1990. Though these issues are touched upon, each essay is a mere 2.5 page newspaper article which does not lend itself to such depth. It is however a fascinating read and a great introduction to Burma's struggle for democracy.
It is likely that because it has been written for a mass audience, you will find 'Letters from Burma' easier to digest than her other books, Freedom from Fear and Voice of Hope.
A remarkable politician, she examines Burma through its common people and the everyday lives that are led. As with all of Suu Kyi's books, she takes care to not forget why her party is fighting for democracy - its people.
She discusses Burmese politics sans the jargon, allowing this book to be appreciated by everyone, even if new to the situation in Burma.
She included in her writings, several wonderful quotes from English, Japanese and Burmese poems, reflecting her regard of the arts. The title 'Letters from Burma' more than merely states the intention of each of the 52 entries in this book. Her entries are personal, light-hearted, frustrated, or balanced. They are addressed to the reader, bringing him/her into the world of Burma, and seeing it as it is for a lay person.
She has managed to make getting aquainted with politics so beautiful and enjoyable, through which i suppose she nurtures the concern and interest in matters of her state, that you are likely to re-read certain entries, if not the whole book again once you're through it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My interest in Burma was sparked after I read Amy Tan's "Saving Fish from Drowning" in 2006. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Maurice Williams
nice blend of philosophical musings and insights into myanmar culture, politics and history. bring along on a trip to inle lake!Published 15 months ago by NDD
What an interesting book. I strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Burma/Myanmar, SE Asian politics and human rights. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Juan C Edwards
Bought this for my Dad for Father's Day this year. Arrived on time and was shipped well. The things in this book and one more book were nice for my Dad to read - as he is a Burmese... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ian Peter Duke
Letters From Burma, by Aung San Suu Kyi, are an interesting expose of how things were in Burma in 1995 during one period Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, prior to 2010. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John W. Rosskopf
Aung San Suu Kyi is a wonderful writer. She gives readers a deeper understanding of her country through her stories— stories that bring us insight into the politics, culture and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michele
In my eyes, this is a wonderful book written by one of today's true heroes. Recommendable for people of all creed, color, religion and/or poliictial belief to read.Published on January 18, 2014 by Coordinator Clive
This book seems very popular, however, probably because it was written long ago, I do not find it that useful and meaningful.Published on December 4, 2013 by mossadmossad