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Freedom from Fear: And Other Writings Paperback – July 14, 2010
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If you have an interest in Burmese or Southeast Asian history, you might also consider reading Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace, a historical novel which I have also reviewed on this website.
Whilst it takes some time to get accustomed to the many abbreviations of Burma's political parties and factions, once it is gotten used to, Freedom from Fear becomes an essential book for those interested in the becoming of Aung San Suu Kyi - daughter of Burma's national hero, the late Aung San - and her process of fighting and eventually winning the support of the country she always called home depite her international influences.
Though Freedom from Fear would be a good book to start learning about Burma's modern political history, I would suggest first reading about pre-colonial Burma to get a better grasp and understanding of the country's stand and place in Southeast Asia.
Frankly, my feelings were mixed. Part 1 ,which actually takes up about half the book, is a series of essays on Burma published by Suu Kyi before she became politically active. Although there was some interesting information on the history of Burma and her father I felt as if these were a little out of place for an average reader and tended to all discuss similar issues repeatedly (background on her father and the history of Burmese Nationalism) or provide large amounts of information that was hard to digest (going through all the provinces of the country and talking about their key characteristics in one essay). They didn't really convey any sense of who the author was to me or give me much understanding of her.
I understand that due to her lengthy incarceration there are not a huge volume of speeches and other materials to draw on but reading through part 1 I rapidly found myself losing interest. I feel bad saying that but it is just my honest feelings - it was almost as if they were put in as fluff to add some length to the text (not saying that was the reason but how I felt). In particular I felt the essay titled "Intelectual Life in Burma and India Under Colonialism" was a gruelling read and just not relevant enough or set at a reasonable level for someone who does not have an indepth knowledge of Burmese or Indian history to understand. It seemed to be a very indepth, analytical dissertation style piece that is very hard for a casual reader such as myself to take much from.Read more ›
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Maurizio Giurliano's 5 star review and Govindan Nair's 4 star review are excellent and worth reading. Read morePublished 16 days ago by doug korty
"It is not power that corrupts but fear." -Aung San Suu Kyi
I loved this book. Great wisdom and insight from the "Ghandi of Burma" in my opinion. Read more
I found the writing of Aung San Suu Kyi to be fascinating insight into her country, but they also illuminate much of what links us together as human beings - the need to be free... Read morePublished 9 months ago by bguling
This will help me understand the woman and her thoughts about politics and the country itself. Maybe I will visit one day.Published on June 11, 2013 by Allan Driver
The work has some fine contributions explaining and analyzing the life and commitment of Aung San Suu Kyi to restore democracy to Burma. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Will Jerom
Book received as described, well packed and quickly. Wanted to read this book after seeing Beyond Rangoon for further insight into this beautiful and war torn country.Published on December 6, 2012 by RH