A reader’s interest keeps him occupied at all time. One book always leads into another, desperate to satisfy a craving. My interest in traveling to Myanmar has manifested into a reading frenzy of anything about and on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Emma Larkin’s book is a part biography, part social history, part travelogue. The book is a product of her trip that followed George Orwell’s footstep to the then-British colony in the 1920s. Yet the Myanmar that she reveals is one that has been ruined by military totalitarian regime since 1962, when the country was cut off from the world and in which the people live in constant fear of the authorities. So it’s a particularly uncanny twist of fate that three novels of George Orwell, all written before the horrifying regime, effectively tell the story of Burma’s recent history. The trilogy comprised of Burmese Days, Animal Farm and 1984. It’s time to reread all of them.
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