Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 19, 2020. You spend hundreds of pages with these people and then...nothing. For me, this is a decent enough read if at times a little long-winded.

You may unsubscribe at any time. Prime Cart. To make a leap into another’s subjectivity is difficult if not impossible even when we’re in the closest relationship with another human. Burma’s history with a romantic background. Mesmerizing and haunting.”                                    ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review), “A sweeping novel of Burma and its complicated history, told from the perspective of people whose voices have been systematically erased from the official record. * New York Times Book Review * Charmaine Craig wields powerful and vivid prose to illuminate a country and a family trapped not only by war and revolution, but also by desire and loss. This relates very closely to events in Burma and how people have been affected. Offer valid for new subscribers only.† Conditions apply. In real life, she was even more than displayed in the novel. I left the interviews with a clearer understanding of one thing especially: my mother had survived trauma by rarely looking back or inward; if she was a mystery to me, she was also a mystery to herself. The story covers one particular family and what happened to it. When it became clear that the Allies were winning the war, Aung San switched his army’s loyalties. My mother was generally quiet about the subject of her past in Burma, but I knew from my American father that she had been a beauty queen and famous actress, and that she had become a warrior when her first husband, of the same ethnic minority group, was slain. This book is very interesting in terms of what has happened in Burma/Myanmar during and since WW2. You come away thinking that people and societies are very different, yet very familiar, no matter where they are located on this planet. This book is very interesting in terms of what has happened in Burma/Myanmar during and since WW2. Promotions are applied when you make a purchase. While the story appears to have been partially fictionalized, the details ring true and are clearly based on in-depth interviews with the principal persons in the story. And I share her sense that modesty is fundamental to dignity. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.


The Burmese civil war has essentially gone on since 1949, with the Burma Army recently attacking Shan and Kachin territories (the Shan and Kachin are two of Burma’s ethnic nationalities).

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 19, 2020.

By the end of the interview process, I had received a sort of rough possible plot for the novel, but that plot could be written in five or ten pages; missing from it were human drives—lust and outrage and the quest for meaning and the tangle of motivations that had caused my family members to fling themselves at history. So having read quite a few books on Burma. Only for those who want to know more about the history of Burma. Charlemagne Craig writes with knowledge and sensitivity of the country's people. The government argues that the civil war is over and has begun to label as “terrorists” those groups now defending themselves against military assaults. Louisa assumed command of her husband's battalion and was recognized as both a beautiful woman but also an expert marksman. . Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders.

It could be said that this is a time of tremendous change in the country, with Aung San Suu Kyi—historically, a figurehead for democracy—seated at the head of the government.

Does this book contain inappropriate content? Released in English earlier this year, Miss Burma, written by her daughter Charmaine Craig, is being translated into Myanmar language by editor and translator U Win Nyein.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. She was a beauty queen who first married a Karen commander and then a former US Naval Officer. Writing the book was initially a way for me to be granted access to a conjured version of my mother’s consciousness and first country, both of which exerted pressure on my present life, but which I often felt shut out of. During my reading I missed more detailed descriptions of Rangoon and Burma, not realizing this was written by the mother of "Miss Burma". For me, this is a decent enough read if at times a little long-winded.

Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. $26 “We are bewildered most of the time and doomed to be lost to history,” says Benny, one of the central characters in Charmaine Craig’s “Miss Burma… This relates very closely to events in Burma and how people have been affected.

This novel, by Lousia's daughter, is very close to real history.

Like many of the best books, Miss Burma feels rooted in its time and place, while also laying bare timeless questions of loyalty, infidelity, patriotism, and identity—not to mention the globally perpetuated unfair treatment of women. Fusing the political and the passionate, the public and the private, or finding their intersections, was challenging and important to what the narrative ultimately became. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Her first novel, The Good Men, was a national bestseller translated into six languages. Please try again.

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