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Orwell is one of my favourite authors & was always ahead of his time as this book reveals. Read 1984 for example. This book relates to his time as a policeman in Burma & how the experience changed his life. The topic is relevant today as it revolves around racism, authority & the police. Although written in c1932, so the format seems dated, the message it conveys is for today. Loved it. I haved visited Burma (Myanmar) and after reading this, want to go back.
This is a great book by George Orwell. At the beginning he writes about the attitudes of the British towards the natives of Burma in almost an amusing way - as if they were caricatures but then the book gets deeper and becomes really sad and a is chilling indictment of the British Raj in Burma and their utter snobbery and racism. At that time black lives didn't matter a jot to the Raj.
Institutionalised racism by the colonials provides both the context and the driving force for most of the characters. Our "hero" - if that's the right word - at least puts up some token resistance. When push comes to shove, though, he is also found to be wanting.
Orwell's own experiences in Burma add authenticity to his description of some pretty vapid lifestyles.
I'm torn between four and five stars, so my rating errs on the generous side.
I found this book highly entertaining. George Orwell’s account of life in Burma for the English settlers has incidents that depict the dishonesty, ignorance and amazing unearned social superiority in which these white men hold high positions which dominate the indigenous Burmese. The latter hold them in high esteem for no appreciable reason. There is a pervading hilarity throughout the book. The dissipated English and the servile Burmese combine in a world long gone (surely). There are tragedies. A Burmese boy loses his eyesight for showing what looks like contempt for a bullying officer and a man commits suicide on account of a girl he loves who doesn’t want him. The best book I have enjoyed in a long time. It is hard hitting and colourful with never a dull moment
Orwell invokes the spell of the orient well, he has put his personal experiences in Burma’s to good use. An excellent author giving value for money. The main characters of the saga are beautifully drawn. It captured my attention to the very last page.
As others have said, Orwell was perfectly placed to write about the realities of British colonialism as he was himself part of it. It is easy to imagine Orwell's growing sense of disillusionment when surrounded by the kind of characters that attended the 'Club'. But Orwell also writes very descriptively and seemed to be particularly fond of the nature that he encountered while in Burma, making this book not just a damnation of colonial life, but also an evocative memoir of rural Burma. As ever, Orwell's lucid style of writing makes this book approachable to those that have not read any of his work. I would recommend it to just about anybody.
I love the stories by HE Bates. Always beautifully written, often with an emotionally sad feeling throughout his more serious stories. These are usually at a slower pace than many of today's authors, but if you like emotional, moving tales with lovely indepth descriptions that paint a vivid picture in your mind, then this book and many more of his novels will delight you.
Orwell posits that there is a very short period in everyone's life when one's character is fixed forever. Given the semi-autobiographical nature of this work, it would come as no surprise to anyone that Orwell himself drifted to the emotional Left in the face of such staggering racism and snobbery. However, given his schooling, the period could have started sooner.
A desperately sad story of an 'outsider' who didn't 'fit in' and was 'unsound'. Read this and you will wonder how the map was pink.
Note that the book contains highly offensive language.