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From the Land of Green Ghosts

Author : Pascal Khoo Thwe
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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.

From the Land of Green Ghosts

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Traces the life of a former Burma student rebel leader who won a Human Rights Watch award in 2002, describing his tribal upbringing, experiences with political turmoil and poverty, participation in the insurrection of 1988, and flight to England, where he attended college.

The Tablet

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The international Catholic weekly.

A Land Without Evil

Author : Benedict Rogers
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The gentle Karen, a tribe in Burma's eastern regions, call their country a land without evil. They number between four and five million, and have been fighting for half a century to keep their land and identity. Many - at least 40 per cent - are Christians, and have suffered particularly harsh treatment. Burma today, and Karen State in particular, is a land torn apart by evil. It is a land ruled by a regime which took power by force, ignored the will of the people in an election, and survives by creating a climate of fear. It is a land terrorised by a military regime which to this day perpetrates a catalogue of crimes against humanity. It takes people for forced labour, uses villagers as human minesweepers, captures children and forces them to become soldiers, systematically rapes ethnic minority women, and burns down villages and crops. It is a regime which has killed thousands of people in the ethnic minority areas. This compassionate but unflinching account of the Karen's predicament is an important step in galvanising Western opinion about this ongoing act of genocide.

Help My Unbelief

Author : Geert Lernout
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From the very beginning James Joyce's readers have considered him as a Catholic or an anti-Catholic writer, and in recent years the tendency has been to recuperate him for an alternative and decidedly liberal form of Catholicism. However, a careful study of Joyce's published and unpublished writings reveals that throughout his career as a writer he rejected the church in which he had grown up. As a result, Geert Lernout argues that it is misleading to divorce his work from that particular context, which was so important to his decision to become a writer in the first place. Arguing that Joyce's unbelief is critical for a fuller understanding of his work, Lernout takes his title from Ulysses, "I believe, O Lord, help my unbelief. That is, help me to believe or help me to unbelieve?", itself a quote from Mark 9: 24. This incisive study will be of interest to all readers of Joyce and to anyone interested in the relationship between religion and literature.

The Book Review Digest

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The Rough Guide to Myanmar Burma

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The Rough Guide to Myanmar (Burma) is the ultimate travel guide to this exciting, largely undiscovered country with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best Burmese attractions. Discover Myanmar's highlights with stunning photography and information on everything from exploring the iconic temples of Bagan, boating across beautiful Inle Lake or trekking through remote Shan highland villages. Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do in Myanmar, relying on up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels, bars, shops and restaurants for all budgets. Explore every corner of this exciting country with easy-to-use maps to help make sure you don't miss the unmissable. Now available in ePub format. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Myanmar (Burma).

Almost Englishmen

Author : Ruth Fredman Cernea
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Before the Second World War, two golden 'promised lands' beckoned the thousands of Baghdadi Jews who lived in Southeast Asia: the British Empire, on which 'the sun never set, ' and the promised land of their religious tradition, Jerusalem. Almost Englishmen studies the less well-known of these destinations. The book combines history and cultural studies to look into a significant yet relatively unknown period, analyzing to full effect the way Anglo culture transformed the immigrant Bagdhadi Jews. England's influence was pervasive and persuasive: like other minorities in the complex society that was British India, the Baghdadis gradually refashioned their ideology and aspirations on the British model. The Jewish experience in the lush land of Burma, with its lifestyles, its educational system, and its internal tensions, is emblematic of the experience of the extended Baghdadi community, whether in Bombay, Calcutta, Shanghai, Singapore, or other ports and towns throughout Southeast Asia. It also suggests the experience of the Anglo-Indian and similar 'European' populations that shared their streets as well as the classrooms of the missionary societies' schools. This contented life amidst golden pagodas ended abruptly with the Japanese invasion of Burma and a horrific trek to safety in India and could not be restored after the war. Employing first-person testimonies and recovered documents, this study illuminates this little known period in imperial and Jewish histories.

The Good Tourist

Author : Lucy Popescu
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Advocating respect for human rights and responsible travel, this impassioned guide offers invaluable insights and advice to travelers who want to behave responsibly, protect civil liberties, and improve the lives of the citizens of the countries they visit. Behind the sandy beaches, panoramic vistas, picturesque villages, and historic treasures there often lies a bleak reality. This unusual travel book turns the traditional format on its head, offering less in the way of travel tips and more detailed information about the political, economic, and human rights status of destinations around the world. Fifteen countries are taken to task for their performance in such areas as poverty, torture, women's rights, censorship, and repression. Hot spots such as Iran, Syria, and Cuba are featured, while popular destinations such as Australia, Mexico, Morocco, and China also come under scrutiny. Each chapter is followed by "What you can do" and "Recommended reading" sections, exhorting the reader to become aware and take action. Inspired by the ethical flying movement and the trend toward investment in projects to offset carbon emissions, this activist handbook will help travelers feel good about venturing to their chosen destination and inspire them to stay involved in a practical way once they return.

Poets Writers

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Library Journal

Author : Melvil Dewey
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

Green Ghosts

Author : W. Floyd
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Personal accounts of reconnaissance in the DMZ by the Marines and corpsmen who daily bet their lives in the most dangerous combat environment in Vietnam.

The Times Index

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Indexes the Times and its supplements.

The State in Myanmar

Author : Robert H. Taylor
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The State in Myanmar is a totally revised, expanded and updated version of The State in Burma (1987), with additional chapters covering the last twenty years of Myanmars political history. It attempts to explain the countrys current politics in the light of the historical evolution of state-society relations in Myanmar since the pre-colonial kings, through thecolonial era to the current, and third, post-colonial regime in this strategically important and little studied South East Asian nation.

The Book Trade in Canada

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A Land of Ghosts

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The biologist and award-winning author journeys deep inside the Amazon rainforest in this eloquent and insightful look at one of earth’s last wild places. For thirty years, biologist David G. Campbell has been exploring the lush wilderness, of the western Amazon, which contains more species than ever existed anywhere on our planet. In A Land of Ghosts, Campbell takes readers on his latest venture. In Cruzeiro do Sul, 2,800 miles from the mouth of the Amazon, Campbell collects three old friends: Arito, a caiman hunter turned paleontologist; Tarzan, a street urchin brought up in a bordello; and Pimentel, a master canoe pilot. Heading further into the rainforest, they survey every living woody plant they can find. The land is so rich that an area of less than fifty acres contains three times as many tree species as all of North America. Campbell knows the trees individually, and he knows the wildlife and the people as well: the recently arrived colonists with their failing farms; the Caboclos, masters of hunting, fishing, and survival; and the refugee Native Americans. These people live in a land whose original inhabitants were wiped out by centuries of disease, slavery, and genocide, taking their traditions and languages with them: a land of ghosts.

Ghosts of Old Europe

Author : Hans Holzer
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Die Kaapse bibliotekaris

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Issues for Nov. 1957- include section: Accessions. Aanwinste, Sept. 1957-

The Spectator

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World Press Review

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