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Burmese Days By George Orwell Burmese Days Set in the days of the Empire with the British ruling in Burma this book describes corruption and imperial bigotry Flory a white timber merchant befriends Dr Veraswami a black enthusiast for the
  • Title: Burmese Days
  • Author: George Orwell
  • ISBN: 9781421808307
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Burmese Days By George Orwell Set in the days of the Empire, with the British ruling in Burma, this book describes corruption and imperial bigotry Flory, a white timber merchant, befriends Dr Veraswami, a black enthusiast for the Empire, whose downfall can only be prevented by membership at an all white club.
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    1. George Orwell

      Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922 1927 and fought with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War from 1936 1937 Orwell was severely wounded when he was shot through his throat Later the organization that he had joined when he joined the Republican cause,The Workers Party of Marxist Unification POUM , was painted by the pro Soviet Communists as a Trotskyist organization Trotsky was Joseph Stalin s enemy and disbanded Orwell and his wife were accused of rabid Trotskyism and tried in absentia in Barcelona, along with other leaders of the POUM, in 1938 However by then they had escaped from Spain and returned to England Between 1941 and 1943, Orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC In 1943, he became literary editor of the Tribune, a weekly left wing magazine He was a prolific polemical journalist, article writer, literary critic, reviewer, poet and writer of fiction, and, considered perhaps the twentieth century s best chronicler of English culture Orwell is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty Four published in 1949 and the satirical novella Animal Farm 1945 they have together sold copies than any two books by any other twentieth century author His 1938 book Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences as a volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, together with numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture, are widely acclaimed.Orwell s influence on contemporary culture, popular and political, continues decades after his death Several of his neologisms, along with the term Orwellian now a byword for any oppressive or manipulative social phenomenon opposed to a free society have entered the vernacular.

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    1. Totally rewritten 19th May 2013.Set in the days of the Empire, with the British ruling in Burma, this book describes corruption and imperial bigotry Although this was Orwell s first book and no doubt based in part on his experiences in his first job as a policeman in Burma, his talent is already fully developed, the writing is superb, the characterisations rounded and lively Another of his stories from this time and location is also a favourite of mine, Shooting an ElephantBurmese Days is essent [...]


    2. Poor Flory If only he d had the good sense to be born into an E.M Forster novel instead of one by George Orwell, he might have had half a chance.Burmese Days, Orwell s second book, draws on his own experiences as a police officer in imperial Burma in the 1920s The novel describes the experiences of John Flory, an English timber merchant living in a Burmese outpost Flory feels increasingly estranged from the other Europeans His only real friend is a Burmese doctor, despite the disapproval of his [...]


    3. In the 1920 s, an obscure young Englishman named John Flory, obviously modeled after George Orwell, himself, goes to colonial Burma, to make his fortune, The Road to Mandalay , this is not The writer had been a policeman there too, for five years Flory becomes a timber merchant, in the north of the country, and living in Kyauktada Katha A small town of 4,000, at the edge of the formidable jungle, but it is the capital of the district, with a railroad, hospital, courts and a jail of course, also, [...]


    4. There s a map of the village of Kyautada in my edition of Burmese Days, a map which is based on a drawing done by Orwell himself My heart skips when I see a map in a book I know immediately that the geography of the place will be somehow important, and Orwell s map, with little arrows tagged UP and DOWN alongside the roads, gives an almost three dimensional idea of the terrain, showing that the village was built on the side of a hill The few buildings strewn along the slope are tagged with their [...]


    5. Burmese Days, George Orwell Burmese Days is a novel by British writer George Orwell It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1934 It is a tale from the waning days of British colonialism, when Burma was ruled from Delhi as a part of British India 1985 1363 416 1363 367 1389 9789644531088 367 1392 1393 1389 9789644531088 442 1393 9789645174543 416


    6. The whole body of policemen, military and civil, about a hundred and fifty men in all, had attacked the crowd from the rear, armed only with sticks They had been utterly engulfed The crowd was so dense that it was like an enormous swarm of bees seething and rotating Everywhere one could see policemen wedged helplessly among the hordes of Burmans, struggling furiously but uselessly, and too cramped even to use their sticks Whole knots of men were tangled Laocoon like in the folds of unrolled pagr [...]


    7. Imagine sitting in a small, dark room with George Orwell sitting ten inches away from you shouting the words, RACISM and IMPERIALISM at you for two hours That s what it s like reading this novel Orwell wants to get his message across so strongly that he completely forgets that coherent plots and characters are essential in fiction However I must say that Burmese Days is written very well as with all of Orwell s works and it has a disgustingly pessimistic ending which is always a major bonus in m [...]


    8. Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pseudonym George Orwell, was a novelist, essayist, journalist and book critic He was born in British ruled India in 1903 and served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922 to 1927 This experience inspired his first novel, Burmese Days, which was first published in the USA in 1934.Orwell later commented e landscapes of Burma, which, when I was among them, so appalled me as to assume the quality of nightmare, afterward stayed so hauntingly in my mi [...]



    9. I m on a bit of a George Orwell kick at the moment Until a few months ago, my experience of Orwell s writing was limited to the truly brilliant 1984 I m not sure why I d not read anything else he wrote, particularly given that I ve read 1984 multiple times In any event, a walking tour in Paris which took in the street where Orwell then just plain Eric Blair lived and which is evoked in the first scene in Down and Out in Paris and London led me to read that particular work and now I can t get eno [...]


    10. George s fictionalised account of his time in Burma with our brave old lads in the Indian Imperial Police Flory is our antihero, desperately striving for decency and brotherhood and love in a moral backwater populated by the drunk whore mongering Old Guard English and corrupt local blackmailers, rapists and tyrants rolled into one here as U Po Kyin Caught in the middle are the unfortunate Burmese and Indians trapped in an easily manipulated honour system, ruled over with contempt by the institut [...]


    11. George Orwell s first novel, Burmese Days, is a damning look at British Imperialism and the effects of colonialism on both the British and the native populace John Flory is an expatriate timber merchant who has lived in Burma for 15 years and become thoroughly jaded, spending his days drinking and whoring in a miserable haze Then Dr Veraswami, his Indian friend, desperately implores Flory for membership to the European Club which he knows is the only thing that would save him from corrupt and ev [...]


    12. George Orwell s first novel is a damning indictment of British Imperialism and the bigotry that allowed it to be in the first place As you might expect, it s very well written and the prose carries you along effortlessly It s wonderfully descriptive without being overly flowery and you really feel transported to that time.My main problem with the book is that it isn t damning enough Perhaps it s my modern perspective or perhaps it s Orwell s often weak chinned protagonist but I often felt Orwell [...]



    13. I found this book hard work Not because of George Orwell s style, which is plain and elegant, but because of the repellant cast of characters The only decent person was the unfortunate doctor At the same time, I don t believe that Orwell was exaggerating the awfulness of the people The book filled me with shame and disgust at the attitudes and moral bankruptcy of the supposedly superior white men and women Given their attitudes towards the people of Burma, it was hardly surprising that they also [...]


    14. Burma G nleri ile beraber George Orwell n alt kitab n okumu oldum Bu alt kitab n hepsi bence birbirinden bir hayli farkl ama hepsi de bir o kadar benzer nitelikler ta yor Burma G nleri ne gelirsem bana niye tam bilemiyorum ama Bo ulmamak in i an msatt Kitab n ana karakteri John Flory, ngiliz s m rgesi olan Burma da g revli ok az say da beyaz dan biri Flory i di er beyaz lardan ay ran bir y n var, o da Burmal lara di er ngilizler kadar k t davranmamas Hatta bu di er ngilizler olmasa Flory nin onl [...]


    15. In George Orwell s essay Why I Write, he says that his first published work of fiction, Burmese Days 1934 , is the kind of book that he aspired to write at the age of sixteen when a passage from Milton s Paradise Lost sent shivers down his backbone Specifically, Orwell says that he wanted to write enormous naturalistic novels with unhappy endings, full of detailed descriptions and arresting similes, and also full of purple passages in which words were used partly for the sake of their sound Well [...]


    16. Second Reading Today 2016.12.18 I came across some underlined sentences in this novel as one of his six novels published in The Complete Novels of George Orwell Penguin, 2009 and thought it would be OK to post some of his interestingly witty, quotable quotes out of his seemingly flowing writing I wonder if he has meant them to be a sort of tip of thought or entertainment, the page numbers are from the mentioned six novel volume, not from the one showing its front cover on this web page.Happiness [...]


    17. It is extraordinary that I haven t read Burmese Days before I owe my thirst for colonial novels an apology However, better later than never to bump into a classic Orwell s book flashes qualities of Bates in descriptions of Burman climate, wildlife and living circumstances, plus adds highly enjoyable critical view of British colonial society and politics of the 1920s The tragic love story naturally is of secondary importance A cool breath of wind blew up the hill It was one of those momentary win [...]


    18. I was left wondering how I decide when a book is worth 5 stars Good prose, check Good characterization, check with a quibble And it is this quibble that has me trying to make up my mind Flory has a purple birthmark on one side of his face He knows he is ugly, disfigured he has known since he was a boy in public school It seems not to have affected his self confidence except with women It becomes supremely important here because, of course, there is a woman But I began to tire of hearing how the [...]


    19. Orwell lived for several years in Burma as a minor police official in the fast dying Raj Shooting the Elephant is the famous short story of the absurd to come from this period But his novel Burmese Days may have a clever twist it s the photographic negative of Jane Austin s Emma After a slow start focusing on an intelligent Orwell stand in who is a fish out of water in the play, play up the game of the white man s world, a woman of marriageable age suddenly appears Though deeply unsuited for e [...]


    20. It seems impossible to write a review without spoilers It s Orwell, so you know going in that it s not going to end well, but he was ingenious in taking the novel in different directions than I thought he was setting up early on marry in haste, repent at leisure It s much complicated than that.This is a devastating indictment of colonialism and its demoralizing in the sense of destroying morals, as well as morale effects on both the colonizers and the colonized There are fools, demons, and ques [...]


    21. Orwell s scathing denunciation of British colonialism won t win awards for subtlety, but still a powerful, unsparing account of colonial characters and their tragic foibles The humor is of a dark variety, and as the story progresses, it feels like an agonizingly slow train wreck making its way through the fetid jungles of Burma Virtually all the characters are unlikable perhaps some depth is sacrificed in the interest of illustrating the excesses of the system and the people who run it and it se [...]


    22. A sad, fierce and ambitious novel about the emptiness and loneliness of the waning days of the British Empire It shows the ugliness and corruption of British class based social structure, cultural bigotry and the harsh individual fantasies that are needed to keep the whole system afloat It shows the future potential of Orwell, but lacks the restrained grace of his later novels There are, however, definite glitters and shadows of both E.M Forster and Joseph Conrad throughout It is worth the read [...]


    23. This is not a pleasant book to read I found the characters generally unpleasant and the story extraordinarily depressing At the same time Orwell pulled no punches in the lacerating portralts of the civilised white bureaucracy Orwell gives the lie to the patriarchal colonial attitude we find in Kipling s dreadful poem Take Up the white man s burden However noble the poet s personal beliefs were in that piece, and I don t doubt but that they were genuine, the reality was far corrupt.



    24. I tend to hold back a bit when it comes to reviewing books chalked up as classics since behind every classic book is a classic author with an inevitable legion of fans convinced every word they penned was solid gold When it comes to George Orwell, my brother is one of these people and was therefore delighted to lend me his copy of Burmese Days, assuring me how good it is I ve read a touch of Orwell before his most famous works, 1984 and Animal Farm and been impressed with the ideas but generally [...]



    25. I was going to mark it as 3 stars because I didn t like the ending but I really enjoyed reading this book so I changed my mind As a person who spent her teen years in a former British colony, albeit in the 90s, I could identify with a lot that the book talked about It still shocked me how racist the Europeans were to the local Burmese and also how they lived in a different culture and never really appreciated that culture, no matter how long they had lived there.


    26. Aradan ge en onca y la ra men, Myanmar da temelde de i en pek bir ey yok Yoksulluk ve s m r n n bir ba ka ekli aynen devam ediyor Ama sevindirici olan bu g zel lkenin geleneklerini hen z bozamam lar ve elbette halk n mutlulu unu ve dingin huzurunu Kitapta halk sat r aralar nda bulabildim As l olarak kar taraf n hikayesi ve psikolojisi tart l yor Ak c ve Myanmar gezginlerinin okumas gereken bir roman.


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