Wednesday, August 26, 2009

“Burmese Days” by George Orwell

Why I read it: It was lying around. In an interview I read a while back with a former coworker who was running for public office, she’d said her favorite author was George. That made me curious. I may look for some of his essays next.

Bookmark: That bill for car brakes again. I don’t seem to want to forget I paid that.

Tastes Like Chicken: “An Icecream War”, probably because they were both about the collapse of the British empire.

What I Liked: The introduction (there were two – this was the first one – said that I would find it hard to believe that the British behaved like that in the 20th Century, and that is true. The characters and place were very believable.

Not so Much: I found it a vaguely distressing read, and had to put it down frequently. I think that’s because the characters were very believable and I didn’t want to see Flory get hurt. Also, the ending wrapped everything up nicely, but I wasn’t happy with Flory’s outcome. I was quite satisfied with Elizabeth’s, though.

Lesson: This was nothing at all like “Animal Farm” or “1984”, which proves one doesn’t have to stick to a genre.

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