|Olive top - Arden B., Necklace - Can't remember, somewhere Charlotte Russe-esque, Belt - Target, Gray maxi skirt - Express, Bracelet - I've had it forever, Green espadrilles - Franco Sarto|
|So, right, then I thought, Gray maxi skirt!|
|Man, we are psychically connected, aren't we?|
|And how was the book, you ask?|
Anyhoodle, Burma was at least new for me. And any book set during WWII is usually A-OK with me. This novel begins with a boy, Nick, who moves from regularly-bombed London to his father's teak plantation in Burma. He's only just arrived, sees a couple of elephants, meets their trainers/keepers, the mahouts, when Japanese soldiers take over the plantation. He's a prisoner in his own home, while his father is sent to a camp. He works for months in the garden, picking up Japanese and, apparently, a tan so significant, that he is able to
**SPOILER** pass for a Burmese novice monk (you know, once he shaves his head) when he escapes to save his father. Did I mention that Nick's father is English, and his mother's American (or maybe she's English too)? There are so many things I liked about this story, but I thought that was a wee bit of a stretch. Mainly because I pictured him having the whitest scalp ever once he shaved his hair off.
Also, not the book's problem either, but I need to read a positive book about Japanese people. Not a book where the monarch system is cruelly crushing a young woman's confidence and dreams (I also read about that a few months ago), not a book where Japanese people are cutting off people's heads with samurai swords and shooting tigers for fun (this book). There was at least one soldier in this book, though, who felt greatly conflicted because of his love for his country, but need to do right by people (and he did, for Nick and his father, and apparently others during the war). Thank goodness.
What was I talking about? Oh, right, so I enjoyed the story itself, the setting, and the pace. It made me want to read a nonfiction book about this topic--what was it like in Burma during WWII? Were there elephant handlers trying to keep their animals safe? What role did animals play in the war? Etc. If anybody can suggest a good book on those topics, I would love to hear it!