Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Burma Chronicles

A nice Christmas gift I got this year was the Burma Chronicles by Guy DeLisle about a guy married to a Medecins Sans Frontiers doctor who gets shipped out to Burma. He's a Canadian comic book animator and artist and the book covers the fascinating year he spent in Rangoon living under the Junta. Its a book I would never have considered getting for myself but I'm very glad I read it. It gets under the skin of a country that none of us really know anything about. Before this the last thing I read about Burma was George Orwell and that was somewhat out of date. However, if you haven't read Orwell's classic "Shooting an Elephant" you should and  you can do so here.