A female British journalist's independent travels around Burma in 2004 and 2005. There's poverty and politics but there's craziness too; a monastery of jumping cats? What's not to love? More
THE Prime Minister is under house arrest. The army is in charge. Spies are everywhere, and if you question the government there’s a good chance you’ll end up in jail.
This is Burma in the mid-2000s and Alison Winward is there.
But even in such tough times, she finds, there is more to Burma than misery. There’s the people, of course – resourceful, resilient, resistant. And then there are the ‘sights’ – the explosive popcorn factory, a monastery’s “jumping cats” and ways of donating to the pagoda that can probably best be described as poetry in motion, to name just a few.
Burma has changed quite a bit in recent years. This book offers a glimpse of how the country was when those changes were little more than a distant dream.
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