Book 52 of 80
I don’t know how I stumbled upon this book. Did someone recommend it? I forget. But it was available at the library (bonus!), looked interesting, and (this is for you Ng Yi-Sheng over at World80books) it was written by a native Burmese man! (I’m trying to go strictly by interest per country — sometimes that means I get lucky and find a cool book by a native writer to that country. Sometimes I fail and read awful books by Western writers pretending to know something about that country. Hey — the blog isn’t called “Shelbi only reads 80 awesome books in 2010.” Failure happens.)
But let’s hope failure bypasses Burma. I have high hopes for this one.
The book is called From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe. It was the winner of the 2002 Kiriyama Prize in nonfiction. I’m not too familiar with the prize — but there are a lot of literary prizes out there. A little more prompting helped me discover that Murakami (my favorite) won the prize in 2007, but declined for reasons of “personal principle”. Does he not accept any awards? Or just this one? I’m curious about that…but I’ll have to settle for never knowing what that really means. Greg Mortenson won the same year for Three Cups of Tea.
I’m in a ridiculous time-crunch to get as much reading done between now and next Wednesday. We’re taking off for Chicago then to see family and friends. It might be a lost week in terms of reading for the challenge…my family keeps me busy! (But we do have some lazy days at the pool planned; I am taking a book! Or two.)
I did say this was the summer of travel for our little family. We’ve had very few weekends at home…it’s been busy, but fun. Okay, Elliott is “practicing” watching Muppets on my laptop with headphones for the plane. He won’t have too much attention span left…so, I’m gonna go cuddle next to him with my Burma book.