"Burmese Days" by George Orwell: Brief analysis and themes
"Burmese Days" is a novel that was written by the famous English author George Orwell.
In this book, the author tells the reality of Burma, the reality of man, in a particular mixture of East and West in which you can not distinguish the right and the wrong, the true from the false.
The novel can be considered a "human parable": in fact, the book is a story characterized by a determined realism, resulting in a sea of suffering, injustice, degradation.
The faces of the men and women who populate the novel are sculpted in features, marked by grimaces of pain, by half smiles that yearn for the desire for love or acceptance, by warm tears that furrow the cheeks with dark or light skin.
It is a complicated life that one lives in the English colony, crushed that of the indigenous by a clan of dominators, dull and monotonous that of the English, masters of a land that they feel alien and of which they refuse any socio-cultural contamination.
The story told by Orwell is a decidedly sad story, an ups and down of hope, demolition, acceptance of the unacceptable, all surrounded by perfumes, costumes and landscapes sometimes pleasing, sometimes repugnant, but it will be the reader to judge them in one or in the other way.