This novel is a scathing critique of British colonial rule in Burma during the 1920s. The protagonist, a disillusioned teak merchant, struggles with the bigotry and racism of his fellow Europeans, and his forbidden love for a Burmese woman. The narrative explores the effects of imperialism on both the oppressors and the oppressed, highlighting the hypocrisy, corruption, and inhumanity that result from such a system.
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- The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
- Best Foreign Work of Fiction Chosen by Francophone Writers (French literary magazine Transfuge)