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  - Mark Walker - Goodreads

Lewis is determined to discover the parts of Burma off the main thoroughfares. Some interesting observations on Burmese life and Buddism. He has a good eye for a surreal story and draws out a number ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dave Reid - Goodreads

An enjoyable read, written long before the country began to suffer under the military rule. While this is my first venture into the writings of Lewis, he has a more detatched style of observation than ... 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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