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    A mix of a book: history, politics, travelogue, analysis and biography all rolled up into one. Emma Larkin manages to bring all these things together in an interesting way. Tracing George Orwell’s career path in Burma while she is on a trip to Burma, Larkin contrasts her observations, the country’s political situation and the state of the people in present time with Orwell’s experiences as a young, impressionable colonial police officer in his various posts throughout Burma, his observations and the political situation in his time. She makes the case that Orwell’s books, Burmese Days, Animal Farm and 1984 are a trilogy of Burma and its situation. It’s an interesting perspective. Note: if you haven’t read Orwell’s books there are major spoilers in this book for Burmese Days and Orwell’s essay, Shooting An Elephant. There are more minor spoilers for Animal Farm, 1984, The Road to Wigan Pier and Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

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