To talk, simply to talk! It sounds so little, and how much it is! When you have existed to the brink of middle age in bitter loneliness, among people to whom your true opinion on every subject on earth is blasphemy, the need to talk is the greatest of all needs.
— George Orwell, Burmese Days
I'm really liking Burmese Days
. Orwell maintains a great deal of detail to perfect the imagery of the vast Burmese territory (now Myanmar) without it becoming overbearing. His repeated use of references to certain smells and spices are an interesting, but highly effective choice. The members of The Club all need a good flogging, and I really wish that wild boar or whatever would have torn Elizabeth to pieces. Does she not realize that she is no longer in England? That mummy and daddy aren't there to support her? That the land she is in is being imposed on by people just like her and that even still those native to the land show her kindness? George Orwell does a great job of mirroring the backwards ideology and actions of colonizers within his characters, to the point where it really is infuriating to read the novel.
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