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Burmese Days

Penguin Modern Classics

By George Orwell, Emma Larkin (Introduction by)

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 March 2010
Based on his experiences as a policeman in Burma, George Orwell's first novel presents a devastating picture of British colonial rule. It describes corruption and imperial bigotry in a society where, 'after all, natives were natives - interesting, no doubt, but finally ...an inferior people'. When Flory, a white timber merchant, befriends Indian Dr Veraswami, he defies this orthodoxy. The doctor is in danger: U Po Kyin, a corrupt magistrate, is plotting his downfall. The only thing that can save him is membership of the all-white Club, and Flory can help. Flory's life is changed further by the arrival of beautiful Elizabeth Lackersteen from Paris, who offers an escape from loneliness and the 'lie' of colonial life. George Orwell's first novel, inspired by his experiences in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, Burmese Days includes a new introduction by Emma Larkin in Penguin Modern Classics.

About the Author

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.

EAN: 9780141185378
ISBN: 0141185376
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.4 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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william on
 
A very enjoyable read.The days of the British Raj conjure up images of Empire and British colonial
life in the East.Would recommend it to readers interested in days of Empire.
Matthew on
 
After reading ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, this book was quite disappointing, largely due to the poor characterisation. Although Orwell attempted to illustrate the corruption of British imperialism, this theme was often sidelined by the personal life of the central character (a disenfranchised and ineffectual Brit). I just couldn’t get attached to or feel sympathetic towards the main character, and I actually found him quite annoying. The Burmese characters were depicted as being rather one-dimensional. Despite Orwell’s intentions, I felt that he was half-hearted in his attempt to criticise colonialism.

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