Burmese Days


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Volume 2 of The Complete Works of George Orwell Burmese Days was first published in the United States, by Harper & Brothers, in October 1934. It was Orwell's second book to be published and his first novel. It draws on his experiences serving in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma (some preliminary sketches survive on Government of Burma paper). he resigned from the Burma Police in autumn 1927 'because he disliked putting people into prison for doing the same things which he should have done in their circumstances'. Orwell ...

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Robert P

Jul 7, 2020

Into the Darkness

Prior to embarking on a literary career, Orwell served as a police officer in Burma. His experience there was eye opening, but this is not a novel for the faint-hearted. In many ways darker than 1984, Burmese Days paints a dismal picture of British character in the backwaters of the Empire. Certainly not a revelation of human goodness.

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