What are the best books set in Myanmar or Burma?

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    #1Burma Chronicles

    Burma Chronicles
    Burma Chronicles authored by Guy Delisle is a nonfiction graphic novel and an autobiography that features traveling. It was published on April 1, 2009 by Jonathan Cape. It follows the journey of Guy in Burma.

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    #2Burmese Days

    Burmese Days

    Burmese Days is a 1934 novel by acclaimed author, George Orwell. Set in imperial Burma in the days of the British empire, it tells the story of John Flory, who gets embroiled in a plot to take down Dr. Veraswami.


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    Andy Yan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I'm a huge fan of George Orwell and his novel "Burmese Days" gives an excellent portrayal of days of British imperialism. It is well written as you'd come to expect from Orwell and it really shows a different side of the author. The story itself is always interesting but a little sad and disturbing at times. It really gives you some of the little bits of knowledge that helps you to understand why the British Empire ended up falling apart. This is definitely one of the best stories available on the topic of Burma and I highly recommend it you're into the subject."
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    #3Little Daughter

    Little Daughter
    Little Daughter: A Memoir of Survival in Burma and the West is a memoir by Zoya Phan. It tells of her experiences as a member of the Karen minority group as they fled from their home when the Burmese army attacked.

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    Joseph Carr
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This was one of the best war time books I've read. A little girl's way of growing up is inspiring and it really is a hard book to put down once you dive into it."
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    #4Letters from Burma

    Letters from Burma
    Letters from Burma is a nonfiction autobiography authored by Aung San Suu Kyi, published in 1997 by Penguin Books. This book by this inspirational leader is an attempt to restore democracy.

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    Megan Kelley
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This book is pretty easy to read, as it is actually written in the format of letters. It is great for providing a good insider's view of what life was like in Burma in that time period. It also gives you information about the political landscape there and a lot of the societal issues. I did not read it straight through. I would read some then put it down then pick it back up again a few weeks later, and that worked fine since it was not a linear story to follow. This is good if you are interested in learning more about Burma and their culture. "
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    #5The Burman: His Life and Notions

    The Burman: His Life and Notions

    The Burman: His Life and Notions is a nonfiction textbook written by Shyway Yoe. It was published on June 17, 1963 by W. W. Norton Company. This book offers observations and insights on the Burmese society.


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    Patrick Gray
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The selection of books set in Myanmar or Bruma are slim pickings, but if you want the cream of the crop, then look no further than "The Burman: His Life and Notions". Regardless of the small amount of reading material on the topic, this book is written well enough and has a good flow from chapter to chapter."
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    #6Saving Fish from Drowning

    Saving Fish from Drowning
    Saving Fish from Drowning is a historical fiction and a cultural book from Asia written by Amy Tan, published on September 26, 2006 by Ballantine Books. It follows the story of Bibi Chen.


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    Shirley Collins
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is a beautiful example of strong storytelling and imaginative imagery. It's such an amazing adventure story that really captured the need for love in this world. As an avid reader, I enjoyed the multitude of metaphors and symbols littered throughout the novel. If you're stuck inside on a rainy day and need something to pass the time with, I recommend this book."
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    #7The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace is a historical fiction novel by Amitav Ghosh published in 2000. The story spans a century of time, from the Konbaung dynasty in the 19th century to modern times. 


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    Julie Ward
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe is an awesome novel about a professor visiting a village in Burma in 1988. This event is a story about a life changing love and a life and death struggle with Burma's military dictatorship. And awesome adventure."
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    #8Bamboo People

    Bamboo People

    Bamboo People is a historical fiction and a cultural for young adults written by Mitali Perkins. It was published on July 1, 2010 by Charlesbridge Publishing. It follows the story of soldiers herding some girls and boys.


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    Jorge Alberto Escobar
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Bamboo People is an interesting story of a Burmese boy who is taking and forced to become a soldier. The story is very fast paced and excellently layered with a lot of different plot twists. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and think Mitali Perkins has an intriguing writing style."
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    #9The Road to Rangoon

    The Road to Rangoon
    The Road to Rangoon is a historical fiction and a cultural book written by Lucy Cruickshanks, publsihed on September 3, 2015 by Heron Books. The book tells the story of missing son of British ambassador in 1980s.

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Best What are the best books set in Myanmar or Burma
1Burma ChroniclesBooks 34 Paid
2Burmese DaysBooks 33 Paid
3Little DaughterBooks 31 Paid
4Letters from BurmaBooks 28 Paid
5The Burman: His Life and NotionsBooks 27 Paid
6Saving Fish from DrowningBooks 24 Paid
7The Glass PalaceBooks 23 Paid
8Bamboo PeopleBooks 22 Paid
9The Road to RangoonBooks 20 Paid

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