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The Resource Miss Burma, Charmaine Craig

Miss Burma, Charmaine Craig

Label
Miss Burma
Title
Miss Burma
Statement of responsibility
Charmaine Craig
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A beautiful and poignant story of one family during the most violent and turbulent years of world history, Miss Burma is a powerful novel of love and war, colonialism and ethnicity, and the ties of blood. 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. Based on the story of the author's mother and grandparents, Miss Burma is a captivating portrait of how modern Burma came to be, and of the ordinary people swept up in the struggle for self-determination and freedom"--
Summary
In 1939, Benny, an Anglo-Indian pugilist from Rangoon's Jewish quarter, falls in love with Khin, a Karen woman. Their daughter, Louisa, grows up to be a beauty queen and an unlikely symbol of unity in a divided nation. Based on author Charmaine Craig's own family history, this sweeping saga brings to life a tumultuous half-century in the history of Burma (Myanmar) that includes British colonial rule, World War II and Japanese occupation, independence, and military dictatorship. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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Tone
Writing style
Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10562234
Cataloging source
NZFNP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Craig, Charmaine
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Burma
Target audience
adult
Label
Miss Burma, Charmaine Craig
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published: Grove/Atlantic Inc. : United States, 2017
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000061914389
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 355 pages
Isbn
9781611855012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1024287253
Label
Miss Burma, Charmaine Craig
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published: Grove/Atlantic Inc. : United States, 2017
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000061914389
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 355 pages
Isbn
9781611855012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1024287253

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