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    George Orwell(Author) Emma Larkin(Introduction)

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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.

Volume 2 from The Complete Works of George Orwell, available for the first time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Susie Green on 3 April 2013

    Chose this rating as thought this book a vitally important piece of literature, very enlightening about life in Burma under the rule of the British Empire during the 1920's. Disliked the way some of the characters behaved, rather over emotional and cruel, the hero so detests his life in Burma, that he grasps at his only chance of happiness and redemption with a young woman fresh from Paris. This was not to be, thus resulting in the hero killing his own dog and committing suicide. Very sad.One of the only likeable characters was Dr. Veraswami who liked the British and wanted to aspire to their ideals blind to the fact that they were living a 'lie'.A good read, would recommend the book to anyone who likes stories of the British Raj, though this is probably closer to the truth of what really went on than maybe other stories of the time.

  • By Sylvia Fox on 25 September 2013

    Good solid George Orwell. Entertaining and well written he draws on his own experiences to highlight the impact of Empire not only on the locals but also on the British Officials who administered and exploited others. Different attitudes within this are made apparent and fascinating to read. The attitudes of some of the Colonials can make you shudder and you realise that whilst some of us have moved on, others have residual thoughts and would feel comfortable in "The Club.". But the damage the system did to the British involved is shown here. Isolation, loneliness and being brutalised as well as an unjustified feeling of superiority. This was fed and fed into so many missed opportunities for friendships and developing genuine relationships with people from another culture as well as learning from them.

  • By Fenella Fay on 19 September 2016

    "Burmese Days" was very good. It describes the narrator's experiences as a colonial in Burma. He hates the other British people's attitude to the Burmese. However, this causes him to becomes alienated from the other British people, and he ends up in misery.

  • By Gabriel Stein on 17 April 2017

    George Orwell may be best known for his books Animal Farm and 1984. But that is far from the sum total of his writings. Burmese Days shows another aspect of one of a man who knew how to use the English language like few, if any, others.

  • By Miranda Sprot on 15 May 2013

    I didn't expect to enjoy this, but it is beautifully written. You can feel the clamminess of Flory's 'sweat-damp bed', smell the vegetation and sense the suffocation of both the jungle, the climate and the stifling colonial snobbery. It is vivid with the colour of plants, and eastern clothing, a paradise spoiled by pretentious British officials clinging to shreds of European rule and sozzled with unlimited supplies of gin and whisky. Flory has been out of England too long to be able to return, but doesn't belong in Burma either. This book is an eloquent portrayal of the loneliness of an Englishman abroad in the 1920s and an unblinking observation of British rule abroad. Well worth reading.

  • By Sioux on 19 September 2017

    Could not put this down. Very poignant and well observed from his timeout in Burma

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