Dancing in Cambodia at Large in Burma None
Amitav Ghosh narrates the stories of strife, war, hope and disaster with a childlike honesty and an inquisitive observer s tone His essays describe militancy in Cambodia, military rule and insurgency in Burma, the aftermath of the tsunami in Andaman Nicobar and a short article on WTC disaster These are first person narrations I admire his courage to travel into these areas of conflict to get a grasp of the situation on the ground.Authors journalists who have traveled far and wide bring a unique [...]
This could well have been a 4 starrer, had it not been for the egotistic piece on Burma where Ghosh goes on with a yawn inducing experience on insurgency Having said that, the other essays on Cambodia and Angkor Wat were stupendous to say the least I must agree that this book has enabled me with a lot of new information on South East Asian politics, especially the creepy times of Pol Pot regime in Cambodia and the events following the assassination of General Aung San in Burma.Good Read.
Dancing in Cambodia At Large in Burma, Amitav GhoshI chanced upon one of Amitav Ghosh s non fictional writings titled, The Ghosts of Mrs Gandhi, in the last book that I finished reading Quite unfamiliar with Ghosh s non fictional flair, I was immediately drawn to the text because of its literary value as well as its quotidian relevance in communally divided India So I picked up Dancing in Cambodia to taste a little of Ghosh s personal narration, and yes, I m not disappointed with the ingredient [...]
One of Amitav Ghosh s few works in the non fiction genre, this is a collection of five essays composed in a narrative journalism style The first one is a brief outline of Cambodia s political history since the beginning of the 20th century, chronicling events that resulted in the Khmer Rouge s communist revolutionary Pol Pot s capture of power, describing the hardships during his genocidal regime and how slowly by the end of the century things have taken a positive turn Another essay is an inter [...]
The first two chapters are about Cambodia I really like the way he connected Pol Pot and the King Sisowath The way he bind these two significant figures are very gentle but also very touching After I visited Killing Field in Cambodia, I have a strong feeling about the country but I never thought to trace the Pol Pot Reading these 2 chapters brought me back my memories of the country and I feel so soothing The 3rd chapter is about my country so I felt connected and also I felt like I am watching [...]
What is exciting to me is reading stories of when an author has actually met up with old Burmese residents who were there when the country radically changed and have lived long enough to share their first hand memories Although the piece one of three in the slim book was written 16 years ago, it s at the forefront now with Burma finally opening up after being shuttered by the authorities for over half a century Burma, once grand, is now one of the world s most impoverished The truth is here for [...]
One of the most exquisite pieces of Indian non fiction writing that you may get to read These are travelogues, but are much than that These are stories about the fight waged by the citizens of some countries, to survive as human beings, with pride memory as their only tools against homicidal regimes or colossal stupidity Read this story, and be touched by the lives moments of those puny human beings who had fought everything everybody with their culture and their stories, just to stay human.
Dancing in Cambodia is a work of art I picked it up post at a bookstore post my visit to Cambodia I really wish I d read the book before visiting the beautiful Khmer nation The book is a series of 4 short stories combining truth and fiction Words fail me when I try to describe the poignance and hard hittingness of Ghosh s writing.
This is an interesting travelogue The way the author has described his travels to Cambodia, and how the image of Angkor Wat on every thing from airlines to matchboxes, becomes an assault on visitor s senses is quite interesting Passages describing the history and culture of the place, the political turmoils during Khmer Rouge, mass killings etc are very absorbing.
Amitav Ghosh paints pictures with his words Brilliant non fiction essays merging history with the current, making a point not to leave any nooks and crannies behind In love with his way of writing.
The book, as the title suggests is a collection of essays.Dancing in Combodia The Khmer classical dance originated from the Royal courts It is performed for invocation of deities and spirits as well as to pay homage to royalty and guests It is interesting to see how the author has found links between the 1906 royal visit of the King and royal dancers to France and the Khmer Rouge revolution The essay presents the dance to mean to the middle class of the country than being historical in nature a [...]
An excellent recommendation for someone who has never read Amitav Ghosh It clearly sets out his style of writing for one to sample quickly That the reader becomes so much a part of the story is a tribute to his easy but effective style of narration This looks like a prototype for The Glass Palace with Amitav Ghosh exploring themes and concepts and trying to marry facts with personal experiences with his very own style of narration which comes across as easy to read but with swathes of politics, [...]
I find it hard to match the enthusiasm of other reviewers here This is the first Amitav Ghosh book I ve picked up and I find it quite a laborious read It s a collection of short non fiction writing on Ghosh s experiences in Cambodia, Burma, and the Andamans The first essay, on Cambodia, assumes some knowledge of the history and politics of the country, and names of key figures are tossed around without introduction History is dumped in chunks here and there instead of being blended in with the n [...]
Five stories, Five tales told but with the eyes of a traveler who in his way absorbs everything he can through his eyes and senses From a novelist, Ghosh turned himself into a traveller who have an immense appetite for incidences ocuring around Dancing in cambodia was like a period drama which neatly described the making and breaking of a nation The second, Stories in stone vividly described the significance of ANGKOR WAT, the largest religious structure, in every aspect of life At large in burm [...]
The compliment and the signature on the first inside page of the book had a P.S line that said, For all the trouble caused Trouble it was to reschedule my flight to Colombo via Chennai, that Sahana did, just the day before the flight and that gave me 05 hours transit in Chennai After reaching Chennai, I thought I would read the book, and sat in the lounge, thinking I would go to the checking in counter, when I feel I have read enough When I finished reading the book to its back cover, I got up a [...]
This was the first non fiction book of Amitav Ghosh which I read Usually, I don t read non fiction much as it gets too boring for me, but Amitav really nails it in this genre His essays on Cambodia and Myanmar are eye opening and give you an insightful view of the south east Asian culture The legacy of Khmer Rouge and political turmoil of Burma, were like a mystery to me before I read this book The essays on Andaman and 9 11 give an insider view of the tragedies and capture human grief.
Ghosh s rendition of the Khmer Rouge through the lens of Cambodian dance was interesting, and shed light on a different devastating effect of the Pol Pot regime than the norm Reading this as an accompaniment during my trip to the region, I was fascinated by Ghosh s often profoundly personal descriptions of his interactions with both the place setting, as well as key figures like Aung San Suu Kyi A well written and engaging set of essays.
Infusing sentiment in to historical events, both remote and recent, Amitav Ghosh gives a rare, sensitive and grounded account of well known and shamefully obscure cataclysmic events which have affected mankind It would be mundane to describe each essay as either gut wrenching or heartfelt but that would dilute the effort which has gone in to describing the human condition.
Quite a laborious read Perhaps it grows on you only on the second read.
The title story finds the author journeying to Cambodia to find out what remains of the once proud legacy of royal palace dancing in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocides An inspiring and true account of the triumph of the arts despite overwhelming odds.
Read the book while in Cambodia Ghosh provides an interesting account of the historical and post 1975 period in Cambodia His reports of the post Pol Pot period with strife torn towns and villages is well laid out and striking Good read in total.
I read this years ago, but the writing lyrical and bittersweet stays with you I think the book really defines the countries by the historical events that shaped them It offers a glimpse into a past, painful and matter of fact for survivors.
This collection of essays is my first nonfiction by Ghosh He brings the same qualities that make him one of my favorite novelists to the writing in this collection curiosity, rich language, a sense of humor, and emotional sensitivity.
Indian travel writer with a knack for weaving history into his current experiences I ll read anything he writes.
Amitav Ghosh writes non fiction just as beautifully as he does fiction
chronology of camodia so far
It was an interesting book Good short stories about disasters that befell upon the society As all his other stories, Ghosh has done a great job in connecting with the readers.
Insightful, well researched and warm Fell in love with Ghosh even
Gave me an lovely intro into the history of Cambodia and Burma when I was not seeking it Ghosh s powerful prose and his valuable experiences really make it a book worth reading.
Storytelling is such a great way of understanding the history, geography, society and economics of a place.