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Land of a Thousand Eyes: The Subtle Pleasures of Everyday Life in Myanmar

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A vivid, insider’s account of one of the most inaccessible and mysterious countries in Asia, this book looks beyond topographical features to discover the psyche of the people of Myanmar.Appointed to train local journalists for 18 months at the English-language weekly The Myanmar Times, anddespite a measure of danger in accepting the assignment, PeterOlszewski throws himse ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Allen & Unwin (first published October 1st 2005)
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Augiemarch
Mar 18, 2015 Augiemarch rated it liked it
I visited Myanmar in 2010 and travelled up into the north to Myitkyina by train. Spent several days travelling down the Irrawaddy River on a local river boat. In Bergan I met a local who took me to a village school where I donated books and pencils to the school and got to teach a grade 2class (I’m a school principal when not travelling) I slept in a teak Buddhist temple between Kalaw and Inle Lake. I loved my time in this unique country with its beautiful people.
While travelling I read George
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April
Feb 10, 2008 April rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Myanmar enthusiasts, vicarious travellers
Shelves: travel
This is a fabulous book that I found quite by accident (it is free for download at wowio.com). Amy Tan's "Saving Fish From Drowning" got me interested in Burma so I was happy to read this travel account/memoir from Australian journalist Olszewski.

I'm so glad I did! It was fascinating, made even more so by Olszewski's great personality and sense of humor. He describes social customs, language and cultural barriers, spirituality, traditions and politics in modern Myanmar with such flair and style
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Subvert
Sep 27, 2011 Subvert rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Myanmar
I liked it. It makes me want to go to Myanmar, which I should really do while I'm still living in Bangkok. The book feels a bit like a diary, without really going towards some sort of climax. But the author seems really likeable, the situations where he has to carefully deal with the cultural differences are hilarious. I also liked the writing on Myanmar politics, as the author is quite closely involved himself by working for the heavily censored first foreign-owned daily newspaper, it adds ...more
Kathryn
Jul 10, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it
Interesting perspective of an Aussie journalist who lived in Yangon for a year. His take on the politics and the military is a bit different but possibly more realistic than the traditional liberal establishment that believes they are doing the Myanmar people a favor by extending their political freeze out/boycott which just pushes them more and more into the role of being a puppet state of China.
Saturday's Child
Oct 05, 2009 Saturday's Child rated it really liked it
An interesting insight into this country from a Westerner who lived there for a period of time. Add it to your list if you you are interested in finding out more about Burma as it is well worth the read.
Nick
Jan 08, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
A has to be read book, before even discussing any politics about Myanmar.

Visited this amazing country, with its true genuine people. Lets not ruin it more westerners .... .
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