A True Love Story
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|Format:||Hardcover, 382 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 May 2010|
When visiting Burma in the mid-90s, Connelly discovers the unexpected beauty and generosity of a people struggling under a brutal military dictatorship. She comes to love a wounded country and a gifted man who has given his life to the struggle for change.
Finalist for the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction!
"Karen Connelly's passionate and poetic memoir begins with her arrival in Burma in 1996 at the age of 27. Brash, naive and bubbling with confidence, she is enchanted by the country, but also determined to 'catch at least a glimpse of the truth--something beyond the beautiful images that are so readily available to the foreign eye' . . . . "Burmese Lessons" is an intimate account of a country, a relationship and a man--all three of which remain elusive."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
""Burmese Lessons "is a polished, literary memoir that includes, along the way, an account Burma's turbulent history. . . . Ms. Connelly is a hugely engaging writer. Burma itself--as Ms. Connelly well knows--is rather more complicated than one difficult love affair."
--"The Wall Street Journal
""Connelly isn't a hard-nosed journalistic observer. She's intelligent and curious, also emotional, self-deprecating, openhearted. When she meets Maung, a handsome Burmese dissident, at a Christmas party in Chiang Mai, she begins a passionate and complicated cross-cultural romance. We know things can't end well, but we're with Connelly all the way on this journey. There's no resisting."
"[A] heartbreaking romance set among the temples and verdure of Southeast Asia."
--"The Seattle Times"
"A generous dollop of poetic chick lit combines surprisingly well with criticism of Burma's half-century of bloody dictatorship in Canadian Karen Connelly's "Burmese Lessons.""
--"San Francisco Chronicle
""A sensually acute writer, Connelly describes the lush pleasures of losing oneself in a romantic, foreign place, but also details the bitter act of renunciation involved in realizing that her lover belonged not to her but to the larger struggle for Burmese democracy."
"Karen Connelly has given her heart to Asia. I bow in gratitude to this writer whose love st
|Publisher: ||Nan A. Talese|
|Dimensions: ||24.13 x 16.87 x 3.33 centimeters (0.71 kg)|