Golden Earth: Travels in Burma

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Eland Books, 1983 - Travel - 275 pages
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Despite communist incursions and tribal insurrection, Norman Lewis describes a land of breath-taking natural beauty peopled by the gentle Burmese. This is a country where Buddhist beliefs spare even the rats, where the Director of Prisons quotes Chaucer and where three-day theatrical shows are staged to celebrate a monk taking orders. Hitching lifts with the army and with travelling merchants, Lewis is treated to hospitality wherever he stops in this war-torn land, and reveals a country where 'the condition of the soul replaces that of the stock markets as a topic for polite conversation'.

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

Superb book! Incredibly well-written (where has that sort gone in today's world?) travelogue of Burma following WWII. Some info is dated, but so what? Tis an absolute delight reading what a country is ... Read full review

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User Review  - pbjwelch - LibraryThing

There are so many very good reviews of this book I'll just second the statements that this is an extremely well-written book by someone who could write (he passed away in 2003), with a sense of dry ... Read full review



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Norman Lewis, who died last year, was England's greatest travel writer of the last century. He wrote a dozen travel books, including such masterpieces as Naples 44, The Honoured Society and A Dragon Apparent, and thirteen novels.

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