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Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle
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Jun 08, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: graphic-content
Read in June, 2009

this book's portrait of Burma was interesting, showing a much more modern society than one would expect, as the country is in the grip of a vicious junta. although any problem the people might face pales in comparison the the indignities suffered by the author: lack of air conditioning, inability to get into an exclusive country club, power outages, having to drink Coke, pain in elbow forcing him to play Warcraft all day. the author comes across as a whiny bastard. while his wife works as a doctor in the field saving lives, he frees himself of all obligations, including most of the child care, and wanders around at his whim making shallow observations about the country. while the setting is interesting, the author gets in the way of this being an interesting, or pointful, travelogue.
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