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Review: Burmese Days

Orwell’s second book on his life in Burma

It is one of the tragedies of the half-educated that they develop late, when they are already committed to some wrong way of life.

George Orwell, Burmese Days

Burmese DaysBurmese Days by George Orwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reading Burmese Days after 1984, allows one to comprehend the maturity of Orwell’s writing he showed in his later works. Page after page, almost until half way through the book, Burmese Days is nothing but a good, detailed description of what’s the life of an Englishman in Burma in 1900s. However, things pick up pace when a new member, a beautiful, young Ingleikma joins the group of local Englishmen.

Burmese Days might leave you in confused emotional state filled with a lot of questions. Events happening through the entire book come almost to a sudden halt and leave you with an uncomfortable, unsatisfying feel. Why? you ask, and for a moment, you become one with the protagonist in the story.

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