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An apt read for the times
Reviewed in India on 22 October 2017
The graphic novel in the same genre as Joe Sacco and Maus may be termed as journalism in a sense. For the little information that comes out of Burma, these nuggets might be gold.
What i felt a bit let down by was the lack of investigative journalism or not enough historic references that would have made this book a five star read.
Guy was placed in Burma as part of a medicine sans frontieres french team that his wofe was a part of. What you get through the book is an accurate depiction of life in Myanmar as an expat with smattering of observations from their trips outside the capital. To me so bought the book to understand what the junta was all about, the best parts of the book are in his telling of the arbitrariness of the decision making in the military and the sense of living under a strict dictatorship. He says things as they are, with few judgements offered.
Overall liked the book - it's a fast insightful read and will leave you slightly wiser about our eastern neighbor.