Letters from Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi Fergal Keane

Letters from Burma

Letters from Burma

  • Title: Letters from Burma
  • Author: Aung San Suu Kyi Fergal Keane
  • ISBN: 9780141041445
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback

In these unforgettable letters, Aung San Suu Kyi reaches out beyond Burma s borders to paint for her readers a vivid and poignant picture of her native land Here she celebrates the courageous army officers, academics, actors and everyday people who have supported the National League for Democracy, often at great risk to their own lives She reveals the impact of politicalIn these unforgettable letters, Aung San Suu Kyi reaches out beyond Burma s borders to paint for her readers a vivid and poignant picture of her native land Here she celebrates the courageous army officers, academics, actors and everyday people who have supported the National League for Democracy, often at great risk to their own lives She reveals the impact of political decisions on the people of Burma, from the terrible cost to the children of imprisoned dissidents allowed to see their parents for only fifteen minutes every fortnight to the effect of inflation on the national diet and of state repression on traditions of hospitality She also evokes the beauty of the country s seasons and scenery, customs and festivities, that remain so close to her heart Through these remarkable letters, the reader catches a glimpse of exactly what is at stake as Suu Kyi fights on for freedom in Burma, and of the love for her homeland that sustains her non violent battle Reviews A fascinating beautifully written book in diary form about Burmese life and culture and the limited imagination, intelligence brutality of those trying to control it by force If we let the bad guys win, the human race might as well give up While there are inspirational human beings like Daw ASSK among us, there is hope for the future Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, shows a remarkable character for appreciating the beauty of nature and religion, as well as the savage reality of authoritarian politics Her writing style is easy and concise, and for those interested in an overview introduction to Burmese culture, religion, and politics, this book could serve as a very good starting point The Letters from Burma are exactly that a series of letters on a variety of topics about Burma, its people, and its politics Kyi is of course renown for her commitment to justice and her resistance of tyranny Readers will begin to see into her mind, her trials and tribulations,

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"When bathing in the rain was no longer one of the great pleasures of my existence, I knew I had left my childhood behind me.""From where does man's passion for recording people and events spring? Did cave dwellers paint hunting scenes to pass an idle hour or was it fulfilment of an unconscious need to immortalize their deeds for posterity? "This is Amazing stuff. I didn't know she was already married and settled in UK before she came to Myanmar and joined the struggle against military regim, to [...]

When I was a freshman in high school, I watched with my English classmates a movie called Beyond Rangoon, wherein white people think trying to have fun in 1988 Myanmar is a great idea to spend money on. Scanning through the Wiki page, I see "film may have had an impact beyond movie screens", "celebrated democracy leader thanked filmmakers", "helped raise world attention on a previously "invisible" tragedy", all alongside a movie poster of a floating Truth has a witness. and staring blue eyes. Al [...]

A set of introductory essays on life in Burma. Serene detail of daily life, water festivals, Buddhist ceremonies, peacocks, military police assaulting innocent people. Life passes on. At the time of this writing, her life and work was a symbol, synonymous with the nascent Burmese peoples' hopes for democratization and the peace and security to do as they chose.I am watching the almost surreal process of reform in Burma with interest. Ms. Suu Kyi holds a seat in the Burmese parliament. We'll see [...]

I struggled with some of the innocent dreams contained in these little essays, covering a year in the life of the author post her house arrest, considering what is happening with the Rohingya Muslims. The essays cover some Burmese traditions, some political events, actions of the junta, the dreams and hopes for democracy, some of the people and some geographic descriptions. The writing is quite dry at times but there is not a lot written about this poverty stricken country.

Prior to reading this book, my knowledge of Aung San Suu Kyi was rather limited. I knew that she was the daughter of a Burmese nationalist (who fought for independence from the British) and that she was under house arrest for a while because she advocated for democracy when Myanmar was a military dictatorship. Because of that she won the Nobel Peace Prize and I also remember reading that she married a British man and that the constitution in Myanmar doesn't allow her to become president because [...]

I never thought I would encounter:1. Extremely dry writing2. Pointless chapters that were written in order to beef up the book (I'm so glad that I learned that Aung San Suu Kyi loved whodunit books though - I can now continue living my life).3. A political manifesto of questionable integrity in light of Aung San Suu Kyi's behaviour, disguised (poorly) as a part memoir part "this is what's really happening" part "I have no idea why she is writing this book at all."4. Descriptions and story-tellin [...]

Với một cái đầu không đam mê chính trị thì tôi chỉ thích thú những đoạn nói về văn hóa và con người Miến Điện thôi.

Aung San Suu Kyi describes a year in Burma after her house arrest had ended. I loved reading about the traditional life in Burma and was heartbroken and infuriated by the descriptions of the actions of the military government. One quote toward the end of the book perfectly summed up my feelings after having visited Myanmar recently: "Visitors to my country often speak of the friendliness, the hospitality and the sense of humor of the Burmese. Then they ask how it is possible that a brutal, humor [...]

La Birmania, oggi conosciuta con il nome di Myanmar - è soggetta a un regime spietato e autoritario. Aung San Suu Kyi, premio Nobel per la pace nel 1991, è stata la protagonista assoluta, il leader ideale del partito che ha tentato per lungo tempo di riportare la democrazia e i diritti civili nel paese. Questa donna tenace e coraggiosa ha subito, a causa delle sue idee, profonde umiliazioni, come l'arresto, la detenzione, l'allontanamento dalla famiglia, senza mai arrendersi alla violenza e al [...]

‘Letters From Burma’ is a collection of beautifully written letters which touches all the topics related to Myanmar (Burma) ranging from daily activities of a Burmese such as tea-shop sitting, traditional festivals such as Thingyan(Water Festival/Burmese New Year) to serious topics like SLORC (the State Law and Order Restoration Council)’s abuses and frequent harassments on pro-democracy activists and NLD members (including a brief biography of the members of the NLD executive committee). [...]

Aung San Suu Kyi's Letters From Burma is a great place to start if you're looking to be introduced to what life was like during her house arrest, the beauty of her country and it's people. A quick read, and a hard one. I loved the beautiful prose, there's gentleness in her writing and so much light depicted in friendliness, the peoples sense of humour and hospitality. I mostly enjoyed the letters about Burmese traditions, from how to take tea, the annual Water Festival and others like this but f [...]

This makes for interesting ironic reading now that Aung San Suu Kyi is effectively head of state and the NLD is using the same censorship laws that prevented them from functioning under military rule. Suu Kyi tends to idealise and exoticise Burmese traditions as she presents them to her Western reader, and often shows herself as deeply privileged, especially when she talks about shopping for steak in Oxford, or the entire chapter on the Japanese tea ceremony lesson she had from an American teach [...]

The letters that Aung San Suu Kyi wrote to a Japanese newspaper after her first period of house arrest are intelligent and charming and a great insight into many parts of Burmese culture. Covering topics from traditional seasonal and Buddhist festivals, to economics, the law and of course the political situation in Burma, it is a must read for anyone interested in the thoughts and ideas of a modern day heroine.

It was really short and easy to read.The pictures in my edition were amazing and went well with her letters. It was engaging and it gave me an insight of some things within Burma such as their culture and politics through the writings of an amazing political icon of Burma.

The 52 letters written by Aung San Suu Kyi depict the never-dull life of the leader of an opposition movement in what she herself describes as a Fascist Disneyland. The accounts of political repression are harrowing: arbitrary emprisonments, no right to convene, kangaroo courts and the such. The letters on the relationship between children and their imprisoned parents (Young Birds Outside Cages) and the ones on her companions who died while in prison (Death in Custody 1, 2 and 3) are extremely m [...]

É una collezione di lettere, scritte tra il novembre 1995 e il dicembre 1996, che toccano vari argomenti riguardanti la Birmania: dalla religione alla spiritualità, dalle feste tradizionali agli usi e costumi, e infine alla politica e lo SLORC.La Birmania è governata da un regime militare dal 1962, e nonostante la vittoria schiacciante ottenuta alle elezioni del 1990 dalla NLD (National League for Democracy), la situazione non è cambiata.Dal punto di vista politico, questo è uno di quei tan [...]

Very beautifully written at times, with interesting insights into Burmese culture, however, it reads very much like a Manifesto in places, one that has become very questionable in light of recent events. So I couldn't help but feel a bit irritated by the hypocrisy of some of the tenets of democracy she promotes, since clearly, in her eyes, these tenets do not apply to the members of the Rohingya population.An example."When we ask for democracy, all we are asking is that our people should be allo [...]

I picked up this book with high expectations as I was very interested into the real truth behind Burma's most famous political figure and her personal role in the struggle versus her public image. This book is funny, touching, wry and an intensely individual look into Aung San Suu Kyi's Burma - the past, present and visions of the future written in beautiful simple and direct letters. You definitely get the sense that she is directly talking to you and that she genuinely cares and feels rather t [...]

J'ai lu "Letters from Burma" dans le cadre de mes recherches de mon mémoire.Même si il a pu me paraître parfois long et compliqué (lu en anglais, le vocabulaire utilisé n'est pas forcément évident), on en apprend définitivement d'avantage sur la vie d'Aung San Suu Kyi, mais surtout sur les problèmes rencontrés par son parti politique. Qu'est ce qu'être un défendant de la démocratie en Birmanie? Comment ont été traités les prisonniers politiques? Bien qu'ayant été écrit entre 1 [...]

A series of letters from Daw Aung San Su Kyi during the brief gap of 20 plus years long house arrest during the 90s to be published in a certain newspaper. (She might have mentioned the name in the book, but I couldn't remember)Unlike her other book Freedom from Fear, this book is filled with many poignant stories about her daily life, lovely stories of cultural events and political events centered around her life as a political dissident. I love many of her delicate metaphors. The tremendous me [...]

Letters From Burma, written by Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, is a must read for anyone with an interest in Myanmar (previously known as Burma), and a good place to start if you're looking to be introduced to what life was like during her house arrest along with getting an introduction to the beauty of the amazing Burmese people. It’s a collection of letters, written by Suu to a Japanese newspaper, that are all about two and a half pages each, so they're very easy to read. The coll [...]

I enjoyed this book. I didn´t know much about the author except that she won the Nobel Peace Prize and she was living under house arrest for many years.Aung San Suu Kyi is the charismatic leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) which is the "opposition" party in Burma. Although in 1990 this party won 80% of the votes, none of their members were able to sit in Parliament. In fact, many were imprisoned. The author was under house arrest for six years. The military junta is still in powe [...]

It's difficult to judge a political book on its merits when news of Burma's treatment of the Rohinga peoples continues to confuse those of us who might have supposed that Suu Kyi wouldn't stand for this humanitarian crisis. The question lingered in the back of my mind throughout the book - when she talks about her people, the Burmese people, for whom she suffered indignities and separation from family - is she excluding that group? Why does she remain silent now?Despite these reservations, her w [...]

Interesante libro que aporta mucha información sobre la historia actual de Birmania (hasta 1995) a través de la sensibilidad narrativa y personalidad estoica de la escritora. Una lástima que el mensaje esperanzador y tan altruista que se muestra en estas páginas no haya podido implantarse en la realidad ahora que el partido de la autora gobierna el país. Quiero creer que es una falta debida al escaso margen de maniobra que pudiera tener ahora que ostental el poder más que una terrible meta [...]

Pleasant snippets of life, culture, and politics at the time in Myanmar. As a collection of newspaper articles, it reveals themes but also suffers from the brevity of the letters in that topics cannot be treated in depth; in a book-length volume, this is somewhat disappointing.


52 letters from Aung San Shu Kyi. I find the book rather dreary and it does no give me much insights to understanding the author and the political situation in Myanmar.

went to Burma before but this is really hard to read.

Long road towards freedom

52 short pieces -- columns Aung San Suu Kyi wrote for a Japanese newspaper -- that give a good sense of both everyday life in Myanmar and the political struggle of he party , the NLD, under military rule. Still a good introduction to both topics, even 20 years (and a democratic election) later, although superficial in the way one would expect a series of newspaper columns to be.

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