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A Savage Dreamland by David Eimer

A Savage Dreamland: Journeys in Burma

David Eimer

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2 reviews

Category: Travel, Non-fiction
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 13 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781408883877
4 stars out of 5
PD Smith
13 Jul 2019

"Drugs, jade and voices seldom heard ... a vivid account of life in modern Myanmar"

Eimer’s powerful account reveals a country plundered and brutalised during the colonial era and decades of autocratic rule, while struggling to come to terms with the reality of its present ethnic and religious diversity.


4 stars out of 5
26 Jun 2019

"If Orwell could read A Savage Dreamland, he would be impressed"

His book is a good primer on history, culture and modern-day politics, and on the power wielded by the Buddhist hierarchy. But it's the realities of daily life that really interest him: Yangon residents in liftless buildings hoisting shopping to top-floor apartments with ropes and bulldog clips; sea-gipsies on the southernmost islands who swam before they walked, but can’t tell him how old they are because they have never been to school; the young Rohingya man who couldn’t collect his degree because he had been denied an ID card – which his mother acquired by “donating” a £5,000 Jeep to an official... If Orwell could read A Savage Dreamland, he would be impressed, surely, by this choral-voiced account of a country where so many, for so long, have been silenced.