Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Burma Books

While in Burma we both enjoyed reading Burmese Days  by George Orwell, a novel that takes place in 1930's Burma. A pretty good story and many observations that are still true today.

John also read Last and First in Burma (1941 - 1948) by Maurice Collis, a fascinating history of "how we lost Burma", and "how the Burmese got it back¨. The bulk of the book covers events from Dec 7, 1941 to the British retreat in May 1942. 


jaydro said...

I'll have to ask if my father has read that book--he was at the big airfield at Myitkina, Burma from October 1944 to August 1945. For a time it was actually the busiest airport in the world.

Anonymous said...

i recently browsed a book called "world on fire" by amy chua. she pointed out the enormous economic gap between ethnic Chinese and indigenous burmese, especially in the last 10-15 years. most of the modern development projects are controled by the Chinese immigrants. i wonder if you have any such observations.