Burmese Days, Paperback
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Based on his experiences as a policeman in Burma, George Orwell's first novel presents a devastating picture of British colonial rule.

It describes corruption and imperial bigotry in a society where, 'after all, natives were natives - interesting, no doubt, but finally...an inferior people'.

When Flory, a white timber merchant, befriends Indian Dr Veraswami, he defies this orthodoxy.

The doctor is in danger: U Po Kyin, a corrupt magistrate, is plotting his downfall.

The only thing that can save him is membership of the all-white Club, and Flory can help.

Flory's life is changed further by the arrival of beautiful Elizabeth Lackersteen from Paris, who offers an escape from loneliness and the 'lie' of colonial life.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical adventure
  • ISBN: 9780141395432



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Written in 1934, this is a work of fiction in which the main character is a Brit working in Burma for a timber company. Flory is a man with a terrible birthmark on his face, and lines himself up more with the "savages" than his fellow Europeans in the small village he calls home. Spineless and cowardly, however, he's not of much use to them. Great as a description of the time and place for whites in greater India, the jewel of the British Empire at the time.

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