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Finding George Orwell in Burmaby Emma Larkin
An American journalist who was born and raised in Asia and has been visiting Burma since the middle 1990s, Larkin recounts the year she spent traveling across Burma, now Myanmar, using the life and work of British author Orwell (1903-50) as her guide. He lived in the country during the 1920s as an officer of the Imperial Police Force, and based his first novel, Burmese Days, on the experience. There is no index or bibliography. Originally published as Secret Histories: A Journey through Burma Today in the Company of George Orwell in 2004 by John Murray, London. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Emma Larkin is the pseudonym for an American journalist who was born and raised in Asia, studied the Burmese language at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and covers Asia widely in her journalism from her base in Bangkok. Larkin is also the author of No Bad News for the King: The True Story of Cyclone Nargis and Its Aftermath in Burma. She has been visiting Burma for close to ten years.
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Describes the beauty of the land and people while exploring colonial Burma and the destruction wreaked by the Ne Win military regime. Heartbreaking, beautifully written.
Emma writes a lovely, rythmic narrative of her travels through this rather mysterious and repressed country. I have read several books - non-fiction and fiction - about Burma but finished this book with an excellent understanding of the country, past and present. There is no reason to read George Orwell to enjoy Larkin's book. Highly recommended.
All I have to say about this book is that if you have ever read even a single word of George Orwell's, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!
Secret Histories takes you on an enchanting journey onto the heart of one of the most fascinating and sometimes bizarre countries in the world. Larkin¿s easy style paints a colourful picture of South East Asia¿s poorest country where the local¿s natural charm and humour is starkly contrasted against the sinister workings of the state. Her empathy with the people she meets enables her to provide a vivid insight into the lives and hearts of the Burmese and how they cope with their dark surround. This is cleverly interwoven with the Orwell¿s life as a colonial in the 1920s, a life into which he never really fitted. How did this, much changed country, look through his eyes and to what effect? Could any of this explain the striking parallels between his later writings and the course that his former homeland has taken? In short Secret Histories is a book not to be missed by those interested in this fascinating country, fans of Orwell or those just wanting a damn good read. 10 out of 10.