BURMA UNDER THE JAPANESE by Thakin Nu

BURMA UNDER THE JAPANESE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a candid camera-ing of the events of 1942-1945 as seen by the present Burmese Prime Minister which in its modest accounting, informality and personal touches provides an interesting document for American readers. From the Central Jail in Mandalay with its terrors of cholera and brutality, to the furious welcome of the Japanese and their promises of independence, to the disillusion and the fear of arbitrary arrest and torture, this profiles the organization of the new government under Thakin My, the Army head, General Aung San, the author as foreign minister (unwilling) and Ba Maw as governor. Patience and a thick skin were required as resistance built up and became a common plan; Thakin Nu became minister of information and saw the communits fall into disfavor; the book ends with the news of the atom bomb and the Japanese intention to surrender. The British accent is heavy in the translation by J. S. Furnivall but the intimate quality is maintained with the result that there is no loss of the warmth, humor and sympathy of Thakin Nu himself. Most interesting.

Pub Date: April 23rd, 1954
Publisher: St. Martin's Press