Burmese Days : A Novel (Paperback)

Author: Orwell, George

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A corrupt Burmese politician uses the powers of his office to win membership in a British club *Author: Orwell, George *Series Title: Harbrace Paperbound Library, Hpl 62 *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 1974/03/20 *Number of Pages: 287 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00


Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780156148504
SKU 30020519
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0156148501
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
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George Orwell
Son of an English administrator stationed in India (in the "Opium Department"), Orwell (born Eric Blair) returned to Henley-on-Thames in England with his mother when he was 2. He eventually attended Eton, becoming a somewhat rebellious boy who questioned his family's middle-class values. From 1921 to 1927, he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, a job he loathed, and after he resigned he devoted himself to learning to write, first in England, then in Paris, where he began to publish articles on social issues under the pen name of George Orwell. All his life, Orwell was aware of and outraged by poverty and unemployment and the inequities of the oppressive English class system. Impoverished himself, he worked in the kitchen of a Paris hotel, out of which came his memoir, DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON. He wrote several novels during this period--the first to be published was A CLERGYMAN'S DAUGHTER in 1935--as well as his classic study of Yorkshire coal miners, THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER (1937). (Later in life, Orwell commented, "Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism...") Orwell fought with the antifascists in the Spanish Civil War, detailing his experiences in HOMAGE TO CATALONIA (1938), and during World War II he wrote for the BBC. He is credited with coining the expression "cold war." Orwell's scathing political satire, ANIMAL FARM, was published after the war, in 1945. His first wife also died that year, and he and his son moved to the island of Jura off the Scottish coast, where Orwell wrote his most famous and influential novel, 1984, which was published in 1949. He remarried shortly after, but in 1950 he died of the tuberculosis that had long plagued him.
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Annotation Orwell wrote this novel after his experiences in Burma, where, instead of going to university, he served for five years working for the British government as a member of the Indian Imperial Police--a post he resigned because he felt he could no longer support the repressive colonial system. In BURMESE DAYS, Orwell's insights into Burmese culture and politics are influenced by his increasingly leftist views.
First Line U Po Kyin, Sub-divisional Magistrate of Kyauktada, in Upper Burma, was sitting in his veranda. It was only half past eight, but the month was April, and there was a closeness in the air, a threat of the long, stifling midday hours. Occasional faint breaths of wind, seeming cool by contrast, stirred the newly drenched orchids that hung from the eaves. Beyond the orchids one could see the dusty, curved trunk of a palm tree, and then the blazing ultramarine sky. Up in the zenith, so high that it dazzled one to look at them, a few vultures circled without the quiver of a wing.
Editors Note A corrupt Burmese politician uses the powers of his office to win membership in a British club
Editors Note 3 Orwell draws on his years of experience in India to tell this story of the waning days of British imperialism. A handful of Englishmen living in a settlement in Burma congregate in the European Club, drink whiskey, and argue over an impending order to admit a token Asian.
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