Miss Burma

Miss Burma

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"Miss Burma tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of Benny and Khin, husband and wife, and their daughter Louisa. After attending school in Calcutta, Benny settles in Rangoon, then part of the British Empire, and falls in love with Khin, a woman who is part of a long-persecuted ethnic minority group, the Karen. World War II comes to Southeast Asia, and Benny and Khin must go into hiding in the eastern part of the country during the Japanese Occupation, beginning a journey that will lead them to change the country's history. After the war, the British authorities make a deal with the Burman nationalists, led by Aung San, whose party gains control of the country. When Aung San is assassinated, his successor ignores the pleas for self-government of the Karen people and other ethnic groups, and in doing so sets off what will become the longest-running civil war in recorded history. Benny and Khin's eldest child, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma's first beauty queen, soon before the country falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her new-found fame, she is forced to reckon with her family's past, the West's ongoing covert dealings in her country, and her own loyalty to the cause of the Karen people. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780802126450
Branch Call Number: CRAIG
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 17, 2019

Historical fiction based largely on the author's mother, who was "Miss Burma" and later a freedom fighter for the Karen ethnic group. I did learn some things about Burma's history from the 1920s to the 1960s, but the book was too long (the author included too much family history). For those interested in Burma and the Karen people, I would recommend Karen Connelly's books and Zoya Phan's "Little Daughter".

Mar 25, 2018

I found this book very disturbing about a man of Indian heritage returns to Burma to live, He marries, and along with a friend are accused of being enemies of the state. While he wastes away in prison, his wife must figure out how to keep the family together and alive. One of her ideas is to groom the daughter to win a beauty pageant. Not my favorite book, but like many things I don’t like because I would rather ignore the unpleasant history of other countries, it’s stuck with me long after the storyline of other books has been forgotten

Jul 11, 2017

An engrossing powerful and compelling story of the country of Burma. The horrific acts of violence by the Burmans against the minority ethnic groups, in particular, the Karens is appalling. Their goal is ethnic cleansing/genocide. Ms. Craig intertwines the history of this troubled country with the lives of her grandparents and her mother, Louisa. It tells of incredible sacrifice, suffering on the part of the protagonists, in the pursuit of justice and freedom. Well worth the read for those with a social conscience.
I also read the autobiographical novel by Zoya Phan, entitied "Little Daughter". This too reveals the plight of the Karens and also of the other ethnic minorities in Burma. It will break your heart to know of the sorrows faced by these people. Worse still, the indifference shown by democratic countries to their fates

Jun 10, 2017

The novel contains the personal history of the author and sets in the turbulence history of modern Burma. Its a riveting story of survival and love. Who do you trust? I plow through this book and wishing I've slow down to grasp the meaning of everything. I've visited Myanmar and have many questions about why the society is in the states that its in. It always leads back to the fact that you can not have a present without the past. This book is an eye opener.

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