- john moroney flory dieck assad energy and sustainable development in mexico
But, my dear friend, what lie are you living? Why, of course, the lie that were here to uplift our poor black brothers instead of to rob them. I suppose its a natural enough lie. But it corrupts us, it corrupts us in ways you cant imagine. Based on his experiences as a policeman in Burma, George Orwells first novel presents a devastating picture of British colonial rule. It describes corruption and imperial bigotry in a society where, after all, natives were natives - interesting, no doubt, but finally ... an inferior people. When Flory, a white timber merchant, befriends Indian Dr Veraswami, he defies this orthodoxy. The doctor is in danger: U Po Kyin, a corrupt magistrate, is plotting his downfall. The only thing that can save him is membership of the all-white Club, and Flory can help. Florys life is changed further by the arrival of beautiful Elizabeth Lackersteen from Paris, who offers an escape from loneliness and the lie of colonial life. Set in the days of the Empire, with the British ruling in Burma, Burmese Days describes both indigenous corruption and Imperial bigotry, when after all, natives were natives - interesting, no doubt, but finally only a subject people, an inferior people with black faces. Against the prevailing orthodoxy, Flory, a white timber merchant, befriends Dr Veraswami, a black enthusiast for Empire. The doctor needs help. U Po Kyin, Sub- divisional Magistrate of Kyauktada, is plotting his downfall. The only thing that can save him is European patronage: membership of the hitherto all-white Club. While Flory prevaricates, beautiful Elizabeth Lackersteen arrives in Upper Burma from Paris. At last, after years of solitary hell, romance and marriage appear to offer Flory an escape from the lie of the pukka sahib pose.