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Finding George Orwell in Burma A fascinating political travelogue that traces the life and work of George Orwell in Southeast AsiaOver the years the American writer Emma Larkin has spent traveling in Burma also known as Myanmar s

  • Title: Finding George Orwell in Burma
  • Author: Emma Larkin
  • ISBN: 9780143037118
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • Finding George Orwell in Burma By Emma Larkin, A fascinating political travelogue that traces the life and work of George Orwell in Southeast AsiaOver the years the American writer Emma Larkin has spent traveling in Burma, also known as Myanmar, she s come to know all too well the many ways this brutal police state can be described as Orwellian The life of the mind exists in a state of siege in Burma, and it long haA fascinating political travelogue that traces the life and work of George Orwell in Southeast AsiaOver the years the American writer Emma Larkin has spent traveling in Burma, also known as Myanmar, she s come to know all too well the many ways this brutal police state can be described as Orwellian The life of the mind exists in a state of siege in Burma, and it long has But Burma s connection to George Orwell is not merely metaphorical it is much deeper and real Orwell s mother was born in Burma, at the height of the British raj, and Orwell was fundamentally shaped by his experiences in Burma as a young man working for the British Imperial Police When Orwell died, the novel in progress on his desk was set in Burma It is the place George Orwell s work holds in Burma today, however, that most struck Emma Larkin She was frequently told by Burmese acquaintances that Orwell did not write one book about their country his first novel, Burmese Days but in fact he wrote three, the trilogy that included Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four When Larkin quietly asked one Burmese intellectual if he knew the work of George Orwell, he stared blankly for a moment and then said, Ah, you mean the prophet In one of the most intrepid political travelogues in recent memory, Emma Larkin tells of the year she spent traveling through Burma using the life and work of George Orwell as her compass Going from Mandalay and Rangoon to poor delta backwaters and up to the old hill station towns in the mountains of Burma s far north, Larkin visits the places where Orwell worked and lived, and the places his books live still She brings to vivid life a country and a people cut off from the rest of the world, and from one another, by the ruling military junta and its vast network of spies and informers Using Orwell enables her to show, effortlessly, the weight of the colonial experience on Burma today, the ghosts of which are invisible and everywhere More important, she finds that the path she charts leads her to the people who have found ways to somehow resist the soul crushing effects of life in this most cruel police state And George Orwell s moral clarity, hatred of injustice, and keen powers of observation serve as the author s compass in another sense too they are qualities she shares and they suffuse her book the keenest and finest reckoning with life in this police state that has yet been written.

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    1. A mix of a book history, politics, travelogue, analysis and biography all rolled up into one Emma Larkin manages to bring all these things together in an interesting way Tracing George Orwell s career path in Burma while she is on a trip to Burma, Larkin contrasts her observations, the country s political situation and the state of the people in present time with Orwell s experiences as a young, impressionable colonial police officer in his various posts throughout Burma, his observations and th [...]

    2. By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin eastward to the sea,There s a Burma girl a settin , and I know she thinks o me For the wind is in the palm trees, and the temple bells they say Come you back, you British soldier come you back to Mandalay Mandalay , by Rudyard KiplingGeorge Orwell Real name Eric Blair is most famous for his dystopian and anti totalitarianism novels Animal Farm and 1984, but he also wrote an earlier novel about colonialism Burmese Days.Orwell s parents were born in Burma now Mya [...]

    3. Orwell is one of my favorite authors, but I just could not enjoy this book As a magazine article or short travelogue, it would have been interesting Instead, it was an interminable journey through Burma where everything seemed the same The author was tracked by military intelligence, could have few meaningful conversations, and hardly stumbled onto anything interesting about George Orwell Burma is, no doubt, a sad and depressing place in a terrible situation But to base an entire book on that ju [...]

    4. Oh, how I adored this book The author uses George Orwell s writings about Burma to frame her present day travels in the same country now called Myanmar If you have read any George Orwell, you will really appreciate this book in ways I can t even describe But even if you haven t, you will still come away with a new appreciation for how average people cope living under a strict dictatorship I still think about this book all of the timego read it now

    5. This was a book club pick and proved to be an interesting challenge because my prior knowledge of Burma was around zero, and I didn t remember much from school about George Orwell Emma Larkin is a pseudonym for a writer who has lived in Thailand and has crossed the border into Burma now Myanmar several times to write about the country and its human rights issues In this book, she traces the time George Orwell spent in Burma as a member of the British Imperial Police His experiences there influen [...]

    6. I have visited Myanmar formerly known as Burma I had some misgivings about visiting the military totalitarian state at first It is sort of a mini version of North Korea, but with less power But this book helped changed my mind since I am equally interested in George Orwell, one of my favorite writers, and I particularly enjoyed his colonial novel Burmese Days Thus, I was naturally inclined to read Emma Larkin s book Secret Histories Finding George Orwell In A Burmese Tea Shop It didn t disappoin [...]

    7. Emma Larkin a pseudonym for an American journalist living in Bangkok who hypothesizes that George Orwell s Animal Farm and 1984 were set in Burma and not the Soviet Union After all Burmese Days his first book, and his last novella untitled which he wrote upon his death bed, were both set in Burma He lived there for 5 years as an Imperial policeman and of course, also wrote the beautiful short story Shooting an Eleplant I m a big Orwell fan I was so excited to read this book and she does make a v [...]

    8. I first read this book just over 5 years ago I had to check back to be sure of when it was I loved it but rather rashly gave away my copy thinking I could get another copy easily Well it proved rather harder to get a cheap copy I balked at the some of the high prices on the internet So when Kaggsy from Librarything recently offered me a second hand copy she had found I was delighted It even arrived in time to fit into my month of re reading.Many years ago I read George Orwell s Animal Farm, Nine [...]

    9. A very readable political travelogue from a writer who has followed the political situation in Burma very closely Burma for a long time has been ruled by a military junta that suppresses free speech and thought, denouncing any criticism of its one party military rule Larkin interviews many brave souls through whom we learn the most about the state of the country, one whose history is being constantly erased Larkin retraces Orwell s early career as an imperial soldier in the country, constantly q [...]

    10. Re tracing Orwell s own steps and making many of her own through modern day Myanmar Burma, Emma Larkin writes a convincing case that both 1984 and Animal Farm, George Orwell s most well known works, are inspired by the paranoia and fear mongering of the Burmese police state Orwell spent approximately five years in Burma as a British imperial policeman in the 1920s, and traveled widely around the country Many of his experiences in the country led to his work Burmese Days, and his experiences ther [...]

    11. In Emma Larkin s memoir Finding George Orwell in Burma Larkin hopes to discover about Orwell by retracing Orwell s 5 years of service in the Imperial Police Force when he was stationed in Burma With a battered copy of Orwell s Burmese Days Larkin discovers a Burma exploited in the past by colonial Britain and currently published in 2004 being terrorized by one of the world s most brutal dictatorships With insight and honesty Larkin shows us the dignity and grace of the Burmese people as they tr [...]

    12. I read this while headingto the Delta in Burma and after having finished Burmese Days I really loved her readable style and could really feel her emotions and frustration about the situation in Burma It s now 2 years after the democratic changes have started to come and I would love to know if its changed at all and what her collection of friends have to say about it all I also felt cmpletely compelled to read and re read George Orwell s other books and learn about him after reading this that s [...]

    13. Larkin a pseudonym to protect her Burmese contacts , explores the places George Orwell, product of empire, worked during his posting in Burma, tying these experiences closely to both Burmese Days and his subsequent work The Burmese, for their part, regard Orwell as both an obnoxious colonialist and a prophet, joking that he wrote a prescient trilogy about Burma adding Animal Farm and 1984.

    14. I read this book while travelling in Myanmar with my father this April I read it almost immediately following George Orwell s Burmese Days and it was really rewarding to see and imagine the environment in which Orwell once lived and walked The opening of Larkin s text deals with a confused conversation between the author and a professor of literature living in Myanmar a language barrier means that they can t immediately establish the identity of their shared favourite author It reminded me of a [...]

    15. Finding George Orwell in Burma is part travelogue and part political discourse on the country of Myanmar detailing Emma Larkin s journey through the country following George Orwell s postings in the five years that he spent there as an Officer in the Imperial Police Force.Originally published as Secret Histories in 2004, the book was first written under the pseudonym John Murray Republished a year later, a pseudonym was again used to protect both the author and the people with whom she interacts [...]

    16. Before Eric Blair was George Orwell, before he wrote 1984 or Animal Farm he was stationed in Burma now Myanmar with the Imperial Police Force Finding George Orwell in Burma is Emma Larkin s account of a visit to Myanmar where she attempts to follow the path of George Orwell and his writings in a country where Orwellian is not just a literary term but an apt description, where Orwell s works are banned and one can be arrested and imprisoned merely for saying the wrong thing in the wrong place.A f [...]

    17. When I first started researching Burma, I tried to start with Burma The Curse of Independence see my bookshelf for another review but couldn t get into it at first because it was so mind boggling to keep track of the many peoples, languages, and organization acronyms that co exist with Burma s borders I needed a toe hold on the country first Larkin s book gave me the overview on the history and the current situation in Burma which allowed me to make sense of Burma The Curse of Independence which [...]

    18. Finding George Orwell in Burma takes a unique approach to both travel and foreign reporting First, the travels through the country follow George Orwell s stations when he was an imperial police officer in the country experiences that led to his first novel, Burmese Days But Orwell serves as a focus in another way The author tries to take us inside the rampant government paranoia and repressiveness, comparing the country s current state directly to Orwell s 1984 I read the book roughly a month be [...]

    19. This had a lot of potential and portions of it were beautifully written, but it needed a good editor and maybe should have been a long expose piece in a magazine or something I can also imagine lots of reasons the storyline might not have played out the way she had hoped, or that she was unable to truly penetrate the oppressive control the government has over its people to get to the real Burma Sometimes it read like it was a hastily put together PhD thesis in some sort of comparative journalism [...]

    20. Larkin has written an absorbing travelogue of her year in Burma visiting the towns where Orwell lived during his time in the colonial British police She makes a compelling argument for reading three Orwell novels as a trilogy about Burma Burmese Days about the colonial period, Animal Farm about the period when the junta first took control, and Nineteen Eighty Four, which can be read as Orwell s foretelling of the present state of affairs in Burma I m glad I read the book AFTER my trip to Burma f [...]

    21. There are two things George Orwell and Burma now Myanmar have in common First, Orwell actually spent five years stationed in Burma before his writing career Second, the present military regime bears a striking resemblance to the societies Orwell describes in his works, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four The tyrannical and closed country of Myanmar is exposed through this travelogue that is interestingly and topically adorned with underground interviews and beautifully described scenes from the [...]

    22. This book is so good It was always engaging, and I never wanted it to end The author tracks George Orwell s life as it was when he was working in Burma, in the 1920 s or so There is a map in the front, so you can track both her and Orwell I learned an incredible amount about Orwell that I could have never imagined before, and it gives wonderful insight onto his life and his other books besides 1984 and Animal Farm Now I am eager to read his essays and other works I was also amazed at the informa [...]

    23. I read this for my book group, and I have to admit I wasn t looking forward to it But this book was fascinating I didn t know anything about Burma s cultural or political history And I didn t know about George Orwell s ties to that country The edition I read was from 2004, so the political events are frozen in that time particularly the afterword The book has a lot of atmosphere I could see the banyan trees and feel the humidity and smell the general decay that permeates tropical countries The a [...]

    24. If you re like me, you didn t know George Orwell spent five formative years as a colonialpoliceman in Burma, during the 1920s, which was probably its most violent period This author not only retraces his steps, she relates all of his experiences to his shocking and world changing books, Animal Farm and 1984 Wait, there s author Emma Larkin introduces the reader to fascinating residents as she travels, although of course she cannot use their real names just as she cannot use HER real name This b [...]

    25. As someone who has only read Animal Farm , this book had great insight into George Orwell and his writings Emma Larkin uses quotes from George Orwell s books to highlight the suffering of the Burmese people Larkin is an incredible writer I appreciated getting to know George Orwell both his writings and his life , but even the Burmese people and the plight they have lived through for so many years Orwell seemed to be man wrestling with depression and guilt, and the mixture of his writings with t [...]

    26. I read Burmese Days by George Orwell when I first came to Thailand 36 years ago and thought it summed up expatriate life in South East Asia Until recently Burma was inaccessible and enigmatic, therefore fascinating to me, living so close and yet so far away on the other side of the closed border Emma Larkin s book is about George Orwell the writer and about her own journey into Burma now Myanmar a century later Her book was obviously written by a person that had developed a great fondness for Bu [...]

    27. Menapaktilasi jejak George Orwell dalam masa 5 tahun pengabdiannya di pojokan British India sebagai anggota resimen kepolisian Lebih jauh lagi, buku ini mengupas juga mengenai bagaimana karya2 Orwell Sang Nabi bagi sebagian yang ternyata memiliki cukup banyak kecocokan dengan kisah hidup rakyat MyanmarBuku ini saya beli di salah satu toko buku di Yangondiapit oleh buku Orwell dan Aung San Suu KyiIt s really worth every kyats i ve spent, biarpun akhirnya terpaksa ga ambil Letters of Burma

    28. All around good travel narrative history Particularly if interested in Burma, Burmese Days and George Orwell I had wanted to read this right after reading Burmese Days a few years back but forgot all about it After reading this, especially the description of Katha where a majority of the novel takes place I would like to read again.

    29. Orwell is an undeniably intriguing individual Burma Myanmar is fascinating, from the political upheaval to the Buddhist history to the books and the tea shops In Thailand I looked over the river at it and didn t go across until I read this book Thoroughly enjoyable, prodding at a mysterious history alongside the author I want to go back there with my own eyes and on my own two feet.

    30. This is great, I enjoyed it than I thought I would A fascinating look at a modern military dictatorship mixed with tales of Orwell s life in Burma the way his writing was influenced by his time there.

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