Two books about Burma

Not exactly India but part of British India I guess.

First up was George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Based on his own experiences as a government official in Burma, this is a still surprisingly modern look at the sad wretches existing in a small Burmese town. The English band together despite their differences because they are English, the Burmese are ignored except when they start getting uppity. In the middle of all this is sensitive Mr Flory, not really a part of either world. Great fun but also cynical and sad. 88/100

Land of a Thousand Eyes by Peter Olszewski. Eighty odd years later and really nothing much has changed from Orwell’s days. The expats still cling together and still find local mistresses but generally avoid the locals. Olszewski worked as a journalist in a now independent Burma or Myanmar, and gives some insights into politics, censorship and Burmese customs. Despite the politics he makes it sound dreamy at times, heavy at others. 70/100


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