From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey

From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey

Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780007116812

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The autobiographical story of a young man's upbringing in a remote tribal village in Burma and his subsequent journey from his strife-torn country to the tranquil quads of Cambridge. Pascal Khoo-thwe describes his childhood and early days as a member of the Padaung hill tribe, where ancestor worship and communion with spirits blended with the tribe's recent conversion to Christianity. In the 1930s, Pascal's grandfather (and head of the clan) captured an Italian Jesuit, mistaking him for a giant or a wild beast; the Jesuit in turn converted the tribe. Paschal developed a love of the English language through listening with his father to the BBC World Service, and it was while earning money as a waiter in a restaurant in Mandalay to pay for his studies that he met the Cambridge don, John Casey, who was to prove his saviour. The brutal military regime of General Ne Win cracked down on "dissidents" in the late 1980s. Pascal's girlfriend was raped and murdered by soldiers, and Pascal, by now a student leader, took to the jungle along with an army of students. How he was eventually rescued with Casey's help is a dramatic part of the story, which ends when Pascal is admitted to Cambridge to study his great love - English literature.

Type Book
Number Of Pages 320
Item Weight 620 Gram
Publisher HarperCollins
Format Hardcover | 320
Book Overview Marketing: Book proofs, serial, author PR. (Temporary)
Prizes Winner of Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize - Non-Fiction 2002.

An astonishing autobiography of a young man's upbringing in a small tribal community in remote Burma and his subsequent journey from his strife-torn country to the tranquillity of Cambridge.

Pascal Khoo-thwe was born in 1968 in a remote part of Burma. How he developed a passion for English literature (specifically, James Joyce), became involved in the student resistance to savage military repression, escaped to Thailand and won an English degree at Cambridge University is the story of this remarkable book.