December 17, 2010

three-bullet book review

Three-Bullet Book Review: Burmese Lessons: A True Love Story by Karen Connelly (2009)

  • beautifully written autobiography by a poet combines vivid physical descriptions with searing emotional honesty
  • unlike many travel writers and international activists, Connelly is aware of -- and openly discusses -- her privileged position
  • forthright depiction of lust adds lush sensuality to a complex love story


Burmese Lessons is personal, political, gorgeous and powerful. It melds so many genres -- memoir, travel writing, activist non-fiction, romance -- and turns on an excruciating question of choice. Who do you want to be? What life do you want to live? I devoured this in three days and intend to read it again soon.

p.s. to Karen Connelly: I love you.