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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,771 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Orwell Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Colonial politics in 1930 Kyauktada, India come to a head when the European Club, previously for whites only, is ordered to elect one token native member. The deeply racist members do their best to manipulate the situation, resulting in the loss not only of reputations, but of lives.

Amidst this cynical setting, timber merchant James Flory stands as a bridge between the warring factions, a Brit with a genuine appreciation for the native people and culture. But he has trouble acting on his feelings, and the significance of his vote, both social and political, weighs on him. When Elizabeth Lackersteen arrives, blonde, eligible, and anti-intellectual, Flory finds himself the hapless suitor.

Orwell alternates between grand-scale political intrigue and nuanced social interaction, mining his own Colonial Indian heritage to create a monument of historical fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An absorbing story…The character of Lieutenant Verrall (who despised the club members from his own superior heaven of army and blue blood) is a masterpiece of acid delineation.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “A well integrated, fast-moving story of what life was like in a remote backcountry Asiatic station.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Can take an honorable place beside A Passage to India.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Orwell is a master at telling stories with bitter, satiric tone, and these adapt well to audio. Frederick Davidson reads with competence and just the right amount of affectation.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lesley | 2/14/2014

    " My favorite Orwell, with my favorite line: "It is one of the tragedies of the half-educated that they develop late, when they are already committed to some wrong way of life". A tragedy of racism and class set among lower level British functionaries in India, where the one somewhat honorable person is destroyed by love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hunter Marston | 2/11/2014

    " It was a bit melodramatic and underdeveloped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy Eisenmenger | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It gave some insight into the colonial period in Burma and the treatment of people at that time period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Charles | 1/29/2014

    " This book is so depressing, not in the majority of it, which I found fascinating and interesting to learn about colonial Burma. The main character is the typical quasi-depressed Orwell protagonist. I was in to him though. The ending was catastrophically depressing. Such an unnecessary and melodramatic kick in the stomach that I swore I would never read Orwell again. The man cannot end a story without death, despair and misery -- especially if he thinks it advances some shocking social/political point, which in this case, does not. It's just a huge let-down. I would have given it 1 star (or less if possible) but so much of it I did enjoy before its end. "

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