Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Best of 2011

One of the many items [old and new] enjoyed and recommended by Burbank Public Library staff during 2011 for your consideration:

This year Hillary Clinton became the first American Secretary of State to visit Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 56 years. Clinton's visit made me want to learn more about Myanmar. I discovered that George Orwell was a policeman in Burma with the Indian Imperial Police from 1924 to 1927 when Burma was part of the British Empire. In 1934, Orwell wrote Burmese Days, a fictional account of his time in Burma. John Flory, a lonely teak merchant living in a remote Burmese village, is disillusioned with his life and with his fellow countrymen. Flory despairs of ever being able to return to England to live a normal life. Orwell vividly describes the stifling heat of the jungle, the pettiness of the British living in a remote outpost of the empire, and the underlying menacing anger of the Burmese at the British colonial rule.

This book gave me a greater insight into the colonial history and present regime of Myanmar. I will be following the news to find out if the military regime will allow reform.

Reviewed by Sally S.

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