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A character you'd love to swap lives with?
This book has been a real treat. The story is basically a critique to the colonialism that happened under the British rule. We as Indians, have had a long history of the British rule and colonization. This was the very reason why I could resonate with the text. Not because of my nationality but because I've been studying about it since school.
Orwell is a controversial personality. Why? Well, being an Englishman, he is seen critiquing the very actions of his fellow men during that time. The Novel is set in an island, Burma, which is situated in the Bay of Bengal, to the east of India. It shows both Englishmen, who were the ruling party and the Burmese, the brown skinned, who lived, either as slaves or as inferiors.
The text is a mixture of fiction as well as reality, meaning, it's a fictional story which depicts a real society and it's perils. The story revolves around a few Englishmen and a few Burmans. Among them, Flory is an Englishman who is friends with a native Indian, Dr. Veraswami. Despite his fellow Europeans being against this friendship, Flory continues with it. Later, a corrupt Burman Magistrate, U Po Kyin, is set to ruin the doctor's life and it comes on Flory to save him. But, there's a twist. Flory encounters a beautiful European woman, who visits Burma, thus falling in love with her. The problem occurs when, this woman, Elizabeth has a mindset, which is entirely different from that of Flory's. When here, Flory is so used to the Burman was of living, where he finds the natives phenomenal and beautiful, there's Elizabeth, who having arrived in an underdeveloped place, utterly despises the very natives she is surrounded with. This gives rise to a conflict among them, where Flory tries to lure her into his ways and she on the other hand seems quite adamant about it. Not giving into his attempts, it is actually Flory, who gets lured in to Elizabeth's world. Then begins the real juggling of his love life and social life, that is, his promise to a native friend and his love for an Englishwoman.
If you're into History and particularly the Colonial period, this would be my highest recommendation.