Burmese Lessons: A true love story by Karen Connelly

By Karen Connelly

Orange Prize–winner Karen Connelly’s compelling memoir approximately her trip to Burma, the place she fell in love with a pacesetter of the Burmese insurgent military.

When Karen Connelly is going to Burma in 1996 to collect info for a chain of articles, she discovers a spot of unforeseen attractiveness and generosity. She additionally encounters a rustic governed via a brutal army dictatorship that imposes a code of censorship and terror. rigorously searching out the regime’s critics, she witnesses mass demonstrations, attends protests, interviews detained competition chief Aung San Suu Kyi and flees from police. whilst it will get too dicy for her to stick, Connelly flies again to Thailand, yet she can't go away Burma in the back of.
 
Connelly’s curiosity within the political turns extra own at the Thai-Burmese border, the place she falls in love with Maung, the good-looking and charismatic chief of 1 of Burma’s many resistance teams. After vacationing Maung’s army camp within the jungle, she faces an agonizing choice: Maung desires to marry Connelly and feature a kinfolk along with her, but when she marries this guy she additionally weds his international and his lifelong reason. suffering to weigh the idealism of her convictions opposed to the tough realities of existence at the border, Connelly transports the reader right into a international as risky because it is enchanting.
 
In radiant prose layered with ardour, remorse, sensuality and wry humor, Burmese Lessons tells the appealing tale of the way one girl got here to like a wounded, attractive nation and a proficient guy who has given his existence to the fight for political switch.

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