Good books on Burma?- Not just travel books
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Nov 10, 2012 1:36 AM Last Post By: silverswimmer
Aug 24, 2012 4:07 AM
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Aug 24, 2012 6:52 AM
3I recently read Burmese Lessons, by Karen Connelly, really enjoyed, was surprised at what a great read it was
also enjoyed From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey, by Pascal Khoo Thwe
and the Burman: His Life and Notions, by Shway Yoe (actually Scotsman James G Scott) very old book but sheds light on many relevant cultural considerations, written with great love and a wry humor reminiscent of Mark Twain
the Piano Tuner: a Novel (Daniel Mason) was a fun read as well
Aug 24, 2012 7:24 AM
4Here is a list of books I read before my first trip to Burma in 2009.
The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
Burmese Days by George Orwell
The Flame Tree by Keith Dahlberg
Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
Twilight over Burma: My Life as a Shan Princess by Inge Sargent
In the Land of the Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe
The Trouser People by Andrew Marshall
Under the Dragon by Rory Maclean
Golden Earth by Norman Lewis
Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin
The Native Tourist: A Holiday Pilgrimage in Myanmar by Ma Thanegi
River of Lost Footsteps by Thant Myint-U
Down the Rat Hole by Edith Mirante
Perfect Hostage: A Life of Ang San Suu Kyi by Justin Wintle
Beyond the Last Village by Alan Rabinowitz
Pagan by Paul Strachan
Mandalay by Paul Strachan
Letters from Burma by Ang San Suu Kyi
The Shan Conundrum in Burma by Henri-Andre Aye
The Burman: His Life and Notions by Shway Yoe (pen name of James George Scott)
The Stone of Heaven by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark
The Weeping Goldsmith by W.John Kress
Aug 24, 2012 11:11 AM
5To Myanmar with Love
a great book to read in preparation for any trip to Myanmar, I've read it through several times and will again I'm sure. Sort of a "best of" overview of the country in essay style with many contributors--expats, long time visitors, locals, etc giving personal insights on their favorite sights, food, art, etc
Aug 25, 2012 1:06 AM
6Very good selection already and i would add my favorite which is a fiction but very close to reality: The Lizard Cage, also by Karen Connelly. In Memoirs also: Little Daughter, Zoya Phan, Fiction: Burmese Tango and The Road to Wanting, Wendy Law-Yone, Non fiction: Restless souls, Phil Thornton, The Caged Ones, Ludu U Hla, On the Road to Mandalay - Portraits of Ordinary People, Mya Than Tint, Merchants of Madness, Bertil Lintner, and a 2012 fiction: The Art of Hearing Heartbreaks, Jan Phillip Sendker, the latter also available in German.
@ 3 about Myanmar the gold is wearing off great post indeed.
Aug 25, 2012 5:49 PM
7I recently read Burmese days, George Orwell, good inside of a British club in the hills, resisting modern times, funny. 1928 that is.
Now I'm half way the Glass Palace, the period between 1885 and 1995. Good written, moving, educational. Can recommend that book also to people who are not going to Burma and interested in colonial history seen by an Asian writer.
Aug 25, 2012 8:20 PM
8hilron, since you read Burmese days, do also read Finding George Orwell in Burma.
I loved the Glass Palace. I also really enjoyed The Piano Tuner.
Aug 26, 2012 12:50 AM
9To 8: yes, i find it most interesting to learn about Asia history through Asian eyes. From Amitav Ghosh also: Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke (still waiting for the last book in this trilogy), but good written, moving, educational, too. It's about opium in India and China in colonial times and although it has nothing to do with Burma it's the premise of what will happen in the hill tribes areas East Burma. (In Merchants of Madness, you get the facts, the causes and the consequences). I have never been so keen on history books, but written the way Amitav Gosh does, that's another story altogether.
To 5: You seem to be reading much. I also have a very good selection of French books on Burma. Do you read in French?
I am looking for books written by Vietnamese authors apart from Anna Moi and Kim Phuc. I know this is the Burmese link but because of the books topic.
Aug 26, 2012 2:22 AM
Aug 26, 2012 10:19 AM
11Youll get George Orwells Burma days everywhere at $ 2 (photo copies) in Myanmar
Aug 29, 2012 10:37 PM
12I recommend two outstanding books on Burma to start with:
The River of Lost Footsteps, A Personal History of Burma, by Thant Myint-U: brilliant history
The Trouser People, by Andrew Marshall: also brilliant in its way
The latter will lead you toThe Burman, His Life and Notions, by James George Scott, published in 1895, just unbelievable
Oh, and Lonely Planet Myanmar, of course. It's still the only one out there, as far as I know. It's excellent.
Then work your way through Cassiecat's list!
Nov 10, 2012 12:06 AM
Benedict Rogers - Burma: A Nation At The Crossroads
Nov 10, 2012 12:51 AM
14Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia
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