Finding George Orwell in Burma

by Emma Larkin | Journals |
ISBN: 1594200521 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Fireflywishes of Grand Rapids, Michigan USA on 5/26/2006
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Fireflywishes from Grand Rapids, Michigan USA on Friday, May 26, 2006
Hi, I am so glad you found this book! I loved reading it and I hope that you do too! I think it is an interesting read even if you are not particularly interested in George Orwell (I wasn't.) This book is more about Burma now known as Myanmar and how it's people live and cope in a totalitarian society. It is a great read and it isn't depressing.

I've decided to start a book ray. I ask that the last person who gets the book, please either pass it on to another BookCrosser or release it into the wild. If you have a great idea for it - feel free to do with it as you wish. And if you REALLY love it, go ahead and add it to your personal collection.

A few 'rules':

Please journal the book when it arrives, let us know what you thought of it, and when you have mailed it off. You can use more than one journal entry or just edit them as you go.

Please don't keep the book for more than 4 weeks, and PM the next person for their address when you are almost finished with the book, so they can get back to you and the book will move more quickly. If the next person on the list doesn't reply to your request for their address in 7-10 days, then PM me, and PM the next person on the list.

Mailing list:
Originator -Michigan-
Perryfran -Maryland
Napper -New York
Catsalive -Australia
Drusillamac -Scotland
ReadAndEnjoy -Germany
Soffitta1 -UK
Beloved49 -New York
Mepwave -New Jersey
Vivdripper -Massachusetts
-Psyche- -Minnesota
Azuki -Florida

Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Received as a bookray - Thanks! I have one other bookray to read before this one, but I should be able to start this in a week or so. Looking forward to reading this.

Update 8/1/06: Started reading this today. Great so far!

Journal Entry 3 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Thursday, August 10, 2006
Finished reading this today. I thought it was a very interesting book. I didn't really realize how oppressed the people of Burma are under their current Government. It was an eye-opener! I also enjoyed how the author related the Government of Burma to the works of George Orwell. The Burmese say that Orwell wrote not one novel about the country, but three: Burmese Days, Animal Farm and 1984. The first takes place during the British colonial days, while the latter two more closely reflect the situation there today. I have read some of Orwell's works including Animal Farm and 1984 - this book piqued my interest to want to read more. I have a copy of Burmese Days that I will probably move up in my TBR pile.

I have Napper's address and will get the book in the mail this weekend. Thanks Fireflywishes for sharing this book!

Update 9/30/07: Just a note to point out the relevancy of this book given the current situation in Burma (Myanmar)!

Journal Entry 4 by wingperryfranwing at Bookray in Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, August 11, 2006

Released 12 yrs ago (8/12/2006 UTC) at Bookray in Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases



Headed to Napper in New York City.

Journal Entry 5 by napper from Brooklyn, New York USA on Thursday, September 14, 2006
I am so sorry - this came while I was away and I completely forgot about it until Perryfran reminded me! I will start in on my commute home tonight!

Journal Entry 6 by napper from Brooklyn, New York USA on Thursday, November 02, 2006
Although I consider myself informed about "world affairs," I had no idea just how bad the situation was in Myanmar. Beyond poverty, the total lack of civil liberty and freedom of press, information, etc. were mind-boggling. The author managed to make these "abstract" concepts very concrete, to help those of us lucky enough to live in a relatively open society understand just how lucky we are!

Although I am not particularly interested in Orwell, the side notes about him were quite engaging as well. Its on its way to catsalive. Thanks for sharing!

P.S. I have to disagree with firefly and say I thought it was quite depressing.

Journal Entry 7 by catsalive from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Monday, January 29, 2007
Book arrived, thanks napper.

Journal Entry 8 by catsalive from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, February 18, 2007
Fascinating reading. I knew things were bad in Myanmar but not the extent of the terror perpetrated by the government on its people. I notice that the 'movers & shakers' of the international community & the global conglomerates are conveniently ignoring the situation both here & in Tibet - we wouldn't want to upset China, would we?, think of all the money we might lose.

The book is well written & I loved the two intertwined stories. I'll have to keep an eye out for Burmese Days. I didn't really know what to expect with this book but it was worth the wait & the effort. I didn't have a huge interest in Orwell either but Finding... him & the political situation complemented each other beautifully.

Thanks, Fireflywishes. I'll get this off to Drusillamac ASAP.

Journal Entry 9 by catsalive from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, February 25, 2007
Posted to Drusillamac this morning - surface mail.

Journal Entry 10 by Drusillamac from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, July 26, 2007
Whoops it looks like I forgot to journal this book when it arrived. Sorry to hold it up but I think I am going to skip this one. Will PM the next person on the list for their address.

Journal Entry 11 by Drusillamac from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, July 30, 2007
This is being sent to ReadAndEnjoy via air mail tomorrow.

Journal Entry 12 by ReadAndEnjoy from Köpenick, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Thanks a lot for sending the book. I just arrived from Lithuania the other day and found it among other postcards I had received in between - a nice mixture. Will start reading soon.

Journal Entry 13 by ReadAndEnjoy from Köpenick, Berlin Germany on Friday, October 05, 2007
This is SUCH a good book! I also didn't know much about the country Burma and I didn't think things were that bad. Emma Larkin wrote a great book connecting both history and present, literature and reality of Burma.
My boyfriend OllyG asked whether he couöd read the book aswell and Fireflywishes said it was ok - since he's a native English speaker it won't take him much time - three days perhaps and then the book can travel further to the UK.
Thanks a lot for this interesting bookring.


Given it to OllyG today.

Journal Entry 15 by ReadAndEnjoy from Köpenick, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Ok, the book is going to Soffitta1 tomorrow. OllyG finally didn't have time to read at all. He couldn't even make a journal entry..tut-tut :)

Journal Entry 16 by wingsoffitta1wing from Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, October 15, 2007
Just arrived this morning, thank you!

Pulled a bit of a late night just to finish it. What can I say, really well written, presenting a side to Orwell that I was unaware(having concentrated more on his time in Spain) and also a glimpse of a notoriously secretive country.

I signed up for this ray along time ago, but it really couldn't be more relevent now. I am currently living in the Czech Republic, where there have been pro-democracy protests for Burma and there is a hope for another Velvet Revolution.

UPDATE: have received a message from the next participant, so will send the book tomorrow (22/10)

Released 11 yrs ago (10/22/2007 UTC) at A Controlled Release in A Controlled Release, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases



Journal Entry 18 by Beloved49 from Lynbrook, New York USA on Sunday, November 04, 2007
Sorry to journal this book so late. I have been ill an in hospital. Just got home. I do not even remember joining this ray. I will try to start book and finish ASAP. Much thanks,Beloved49

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