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Title: A Small, Finely Drawn Picture (review by Edith Mirante of "Burma Chronicles" by Guy Delisle)
Date of publication: December 2008
Description/subject: "...His most telling insights about Burma, come in the tiniest frames. Although determinedly small in scope, the book takes on layers of themes: expat life, tourist impressions, political commentary and the role of international NGOs...Like other foreign visitors, Delisle is fascinated by the many antiquated and quirky elements of Burmese life: a Morse code key still in use, long ropes with clips hanging from apartment windows for hoisting up packages, reliance on bank ledgers and WWII-era fire trucks. He gets classic nonpolitical laughs from his Thinggyan soaking and the sudden onset of the monsoon...On a last neighborhood walk with his son, Delisle happens on a Ferris wheel of the low-tech Burmese type, being turned by one athletic longyi-clad man. It is a remarkable Buddhist image of the wheel of life and a most human symbol of Burma, so much effort for so little change—around and around it goes..."
Author/creator: Edith Mirante
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 16, No. 12
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 December 2008

Title: Myanmar: Reiches Land, armes Land
Date of publication: 24 June 2007
Description/subject: Myanmar, das frühere Burma, leidet unter der Misswirtschaft der Militärjunta. Die Schätze des Landes - Erdöl, Edelsteine, Fischreichtum, Kohle - können nicht genutzt werden, weil moderne Produktionsmittel fehlen. Korruption beherrscht das Leben. Alltagsleben in Burma, Buddhismus; Daily Life in Burma, Buddhism
Author/creator: Barbara Jakoby
Language: German, Deutsch
Source/publisher: RP Online
Format/size: Html (46k)
Date of entry/update: 23 August 2007

Title: Strangers in a Changed Land
Date of publication: April 2001
Description/subject: "Returning to Burma after a four-year absence, a visitor discovers that change has brought only a deepened sense of estrangement, not optimism, to ordinary Burmese..."
Author/creator: Thalia Isaak
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 9, No. 3
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Date of publication: 1882
Description/subject: "The Burman: His Life and Notions (1882) is a book about the peoples and customs of Burma (now Myanmar). First published under the pseudonym Shway Yoe, the book was written by the Scottish journalist and British Colonial administrator James George Scott. The book caused a sensation when it was first published because it was considered impossible that a Burman could write so well in English - Shway Yoe's unbiased tone and positive curiosity is also one reason that the author was presumed Burmese by the British. The book is most note worthy in the fact that the author made an extremely detailed and unparallelled description of the Burmese people and their culture, from their pagoda festivals to their lacquer, traditions, religion, dressing, food, and almost any category related." (Wikipedia)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shway Yoe (James George Scott)
Format/size: pdf (2.7MB - OBL version; 38MB - original scanned version)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs09/burmanhislife&notions-scott.pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2010