We’re inside the mind of a political prisoner in a Burmese prison. Consequently, we learn of brutal prison life and the equally unjust social and legal behavior in Burma. We aren’t confined to the prison, because the prisoner is not confined… He is only there physically, not always mentally and spiritually. We learn of his past and the experiences that lead up to his imprisonment. We learn of Buddhism and its effectiveness against tyranny. And we learn of a beautiful culture captured and violently subdued by Myanmar authorities.
This was the first book I read by Karen Connelly and I fell in love with it. I fell in love with more than the main character, more than the author’s style… I fell for Burma. Connelly offers honest insight into a murderous world of conflict while preserving ideals of freedom and peace. Through the plight of political prisoners in their own country, she captures what it means to be human and suffer, to be imprisoned and yet free.
Would I recommend this book?
Yes, yes, and yes.