PAUL'S BOOK CLUB / JULY
Long before George Orwell was predicting a nightmarish future for 20th Century, he was working for the British Empire as a journalist and clerk, observing it in a "fly on the wall" circumstance. He observed the English military and government treating the locals in India, Burma, Pakistan like a different species from the modern arrogant English. In his first novel, Burmese Days (1934), he goes after the colonial English with a vengeance, in the sharp, observant prose which won him the reputation as one of the truly excellent English writers of the 20th century, of fiction, of journalism, and of the literary essay.
"This is a superior novel, not less so because it tells an absorbing story. Orwell has made his people and his background vividly real. And he knows of what he writes."—New York Times
"Based on his experience in India, the country of his birth, George Orwell's caustic, fast-paced novel can take an honorable place beside E. M. Forster's A Passage to India and Paul Scott's The Jewel in the Crown.