From the Land of Green Ghosts A Burmese Odyssey

ISBN-10: 0060505230
ISBN-13: 9780060505233
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Description: In 1988, Dr. John Casey, a professor visiting Burma, meets a waiter in Mandalay with a passion for the works of James Joyce, and the encounter changes both their lives. Pascal, a member of the Kayan Padaung tribe, was the first member of his  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In 1988, Dr. John Casey, a professor visiting Burma, meets a waiter in Mandalay with a passion for the works of James Joyce, and the encounter changes both their lives. Pascal, a member of the Kayan Padaung tribe, was the first member of his community to study English at a university. Within months of his meeting with Dr. Casey, Pascal's world lay in ruins. Burma's military dictatorship forces him to sacrifice his studies, and the regime's brutal armed forces murder his lover. Fleeing to the jungle, he becomes a guerrilla fighter in the life-or-death struggle against the government. In desperation, he writes a letter to the Englishman he met in Mandalay. Miraculously reaching its destination, the letter leads to Pascal's rescue and his enrollment in Cambridge University, where he is the first Burmese tribesman ever to attend. From the Land of Green Ghosts unforgettably evokes the realities of life in modern-day Burma and one man's long journey to freedom despite almost unimaginable odds.

List of Illustrations
Map
Foreword
Idyll of the Tribe
Prologue: Imagined Journeys
The Goddess of Creation
Grandfather's Domain
Learning to Love the General
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Padaung
Death of a Footballer
Hunters and Hunted
The Shaking of the Dead
A Spoiled Priest
To the Land of Green Ghosts
Revolution and Flight
'Never, Never Argue'
Moe
Worth Only One Bullet
By Courtesy of James Joyce
The Whirlwind: Moe's Fate
Slorc
The Reluctant Flight
The Great River at Last
With the Rebels
Guns and Ghosts
'Like Alcestis from the Grave'
Staying Alive
An Impossible Hope
Talking to the Enemy
Rescue
Defeat: Escape into Thailand
The Rescue
Learning Words of Civility
Gate of Humility: Cambridge
Reunions with Old Ghosts--and a Farewell
Gate of Honour: Graduation
Epilogue
Index

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