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Burmese Days by George Orwell
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bookshelves: 2010, british-literature, classics
Read on February 11, 2010

Orwell's scathing denunciation of British colonialism won't win awards for subtlety, but still a powerful, unsparing account of colonial characters and their tragic foibles. The humor is of a dark variety, and as the story progresses, it feels like an agonizingly slow train wreck making its way through the fetid jungles of Burma. Virtually all the characters are unlikable --- perhaps some depth is sacrificed in the interest of illustrating the excesses of the system and the people who run it --- and it seems that there is also an element of self-loathing in the writing, as well as a certain attitude about the country and its people. At least it is an unflinchingly honest and presumably accurate account of the bleakness of life in a remote Burmese colonial station in the waning days of the British Empire.
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message 1: by Ayu (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ayu Palar Have you read Shooting An Elephant also by Orwell? That's a good one too :)


Grace Tjan Nope. I'm curious about Down and Out in Paris and London.


message 3: by ☯Bettie☯ (new)

☯Bettie☯ Sandybanks wrote: "Nope. I'm curious about Down and Out in Paris and London."

You'll need plastic gloves and a peg on the nose for Down and Out Sandybanks!


message 4: by Ayu (last edited Feb 13, 2010 02:47AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ayu Palar Agree with Bettie!

I kinda forget, Orwell used to be a washdisher, right?


Grace Tjan Bettie wrote: "Sandybanks wrote: "Nope. I'm curious about Down and Out in Paris and London."

You'll need plastic gloves and a peg on the nose for Down and Out Sandybanks!"


Uh oh. It's no Moveable Feast, then?



Rauf Here's if ya wanna read Shooting an Elephant.
http://www.online-literature.com/orwe...
Only 4 pages long. It's my favorite essay from Orwell along with Why I Write.

Down And Out
In Paris, he worked menial chores in restaurant kitchens.
In London, he became a vagrant.


message 7: by Ayu (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ayu Palar @Rauf: Why I Write is such an inspiring essay. I like it as well.


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