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I liked his novels such as 1984 and animal farm, however this book was very disappointing. I did not like any of the people, they were all pretty annoying. I am Asian and felt very painful to read all the resist talks. However I should believe British people back then (or even now?) had a discrimination against non European people and cultures.
This has had great ratings but I was disappointed. It is not about Burma but about British racism. In that context and its relaionship to his further work, it is a must- read but don't expect to learn anything of Burma.
The reason I've given this 1 star is because the Kindle edition is riddled with typos. It's as if the pages of the printed book were electronically scanned and run through a program to turn it into text and was published as e-book without being proofread and in its 'raw' form. For example, the word "No" appears as "110". This is one of the countless errors that I found in this edition.
This was my second attempt at trying to read it after an aborted attempt well over a year ago as I could not get past the first chapter. My first impressions were based on the fact that this would be one of those Imperial era novels about the Indian sub-continent that seem to me a tacit condoning of the British Raj.
How wrong I had been! This is well-written novel with a great plot and is very human story with real stakes. I was deeply affected by description and plight of the native Burmese people and the 'Eurasians' (the half-caste, half-breed) in particular.
I could not help but feel sorry for titular character and this I think is one of the great accomplishments of the author. Trying to get the reader to empathize with a character who is a member of colonial power with many flaws and vices is truly a laudable triumph for the author. The titular character of Flory does not belong to the military/bureaucratic class of the Raj but is simply there to make a new beginning but cannot seem to escape the rut he finds himself in.
The climax is devastating to say the least with a bit of poetic justice thrown in as well.
Never liked George Orwell and this book only read for a reading group. The story seemed to meander aimlessly as though he couldn't decide what story to tell and most of the characters very wooden and unbelievable. Then there was the quite horrible endings