Ci ho messo troppo tempo a leggere un libro che, in un altro momento, avrei divorato. E' fresco, vivido nelle descrizioni sia emotive che d'ambiente, crudo quasi nel non nascondere nulla al lettore. Ed e' ancora molto attuale. Le situazioni descritte, le sensazioni che agitano la piccola comunita' inglese co-protagonista della storia sono le stesse che potrei in qualche maniera descrivere io dopo 15 anni da expat in Asia...ma non saprei farlo cosi bene. Grande Orwell....Continua
I mean no disrespect to Orwell when I say I was let down by this book. I'd be the first to say that Orwell is an exceptional essayist in his own right, perhaps even the best that I've ever encountered. And it's just that--his talent and clean rhetoric is best expressed in his written essays and dissertations than in fiction writing. (That said, most say that "1984" is probably the best of his works, and I wouldn't dare argue with that statement.)
"Burmese Days" is a sad book. More than likely, his characterizations are not fully self-conceived, but based off of his personal exploits as a British guard in Burma (which makes it doubly sad, in my opinion). I enjoyed it, but something seemed to be lacking; maybe it was the lack of empathy I felt for most of the individuals in the book. I will say this--even though it doesn't go as in-depth as some might expect into issues of English Imperialism that devastated Burma lasted for over a century, it sees a man's naive idealism crumble to the venom of politics, unrequited love, and failure to live up to the societal "norms" as a Brit in Burma....Continua
First of Orwell's novels, just back from the East and still relatively young. Feels like I'm there, with the colonials and their gins, as well as the locals and their intriguing. Being familiar with the place helps, of course. Good read.
I was totally absorbed by this first novel by Orwell. It's really about how he saw life in Burma. He joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma in his early 20's and came to see the way the English treated the Indian. He loathed the attitude of the English to the Indian.
Orwell is so wonderfully descriptive of all around him: the flowers, the forest, the rains, and the life of the Burmese.
The story is full of such delightfully real characters: Ellis, who hates the Burmese, wanting any excuse to shoot them, to trample them underfoot, to grind them into the dust. He is not delightful, but he's real, true to life. Then there is Flory, the coward, who wants so much to help his Burmese friend the doctor but can never find the courage to do so because of the taunts and jeers of his English colleagues - until pushed to the limit he suddenly speaks out. Orwell portrays human nature in all its variety in this greatly entertaining, yet serious, book.
I loved it!...Continua