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  1. says:

    UPDATE not changing the book s rating, but am noting that Aung San Suu Kyi s response to the attacks on the Rohingya After reading this book, I find her lack of response is very disapointing I know heroes are human and politics, but no, what as happened and is happening to the Rohingya is just wrong, and blaming the press, don t use Orange tatics The book is still good, and I would read an update or part 2 by Wintle.This book is very good It should be noted, however, that the Kindle edition, at least, does not reach as far as Aung San Suu Kyi s 2010 release This book is actually about Burma and its troubles, wars, and fight for independence It actually is a must read to understand what is going on now Wintle does a very good job of making it easy for the reader to follow the history and gives the reader enough background He also presents, as much as he can, an even handed view of Aung San Suu Kyi Though, to be fair, it seems as if the reader gets a better idea of her parents than of her Still, it does make the Burma events much easier to understand I wish I had read this in 2007 for I while I followed the rebellion and knew about Aung San Suu Kyi, I think I would ve understood much you should also check out the documentry Burma VJ.


  2. says:

    A timely read, in light of Suu Kyi s and her party s win in the by elections Informative, depressing, and sometimes even funny The military junta had turned Burma into another slave state almost at par with North Korea A group of ageing, poorly educated, corrupt, and bloodthirsty generals, the junta had enslaved the Burmese for fifty years, all under the pretext of protecting them from the imperialist and neocolonialist Western powers But they can t bully with their guns and clubs Suu Kyi, U Tin Oo, and other pro democracy advocates in this abused, battered and bruised land May Suu Kyi s win be the beginning of the end for Burma s suffering and slowly usher in the path to democracy, justice, reconciliation, and progress I read this book than two years ago, but I revise my review of it Aung San Suu Kyi s credibility as a champion of human rights could be under a cloud due to her silence on the plight of the Rohingya people under her own people and the government which she is now a part of.


  3. says:

    Justin Wintle s Perfect Hostage A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi is not a book with a particularly perfect title It sounds like it will be a simply a biography, and perhaps a rather fawning one, of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, perhaps erring on the side of hero worship.In fact Justin Wintle s book presents much than this It does document the life, examine the politics and describe the actions of its dedicatee But it also traces her background, both personal and public, and considers the status of her family in Burmese national consciousness It describes in some detail the life of her legendary father, General Aung San But Perfect Hostage is even again The book provides a wonderful account of Burma s recent history, examining the politics, the role of the military and popular movements and then in recent times the responses of the dictatorship in precise and informative detail Passages that describe Burma s participation in the Second World War are particularly illuminating, especially when juxtaposed with the course of later events.From this account of her life, Aung San Suu Kyi emerges as a rather paradoxical figure She is cast as both assertive in her commitment to do something for her country, and simultaneously ponderous in her apparent unwillingness to grasp opportunities when they arise Again paradoxically we appreciate her determination to seek change, alongside her reluctance to destabilise Her ultimate aim appears to be unification, but this may be in itself unachievable, since the diversity of interests at play may proveirreconcilable.Throughout, via Justin Wintle s admirably constructed work, we appreciate the contribution of Aung San Suu Kyi s husband, Michael Aris, to his wife s achievement Together they shared personal, intellectual and political interests in Burma, interests that eventually led to action This joint desire to act may have eventually have led to a separation, but that separation was merely corporal, since the couple s joint motivation continued to thrive And, via its consideration of Michael Aris s role in events, Perfect Hostage eventually presents a wonderfully rounded and complete account of the personal, family and public life that Aung San Suu Kyi has led.The book is surprising in its scope, its depth and its scholarship, but only because its title suggest something rather less than comprehensive An example of the detail the book presents will illustrate Justin Wintle relates some of the personal proclivities of Ne Win, Burma s military ruler for many years If he travelled outside the capital, he did so in a flight of helicopters, his staff having made sure that all stray dogs in the vicinity especially those with crooked tails had been rounded up and slaughtered For Ne Win was fearful of stray dogs especially those with crooked tails Following on from this, we are told that when Ne Win was warned of an impending assassination attempt, he would trample in his bedroom on the entrails of a dog or in a bowl of pig s blood and then he would raise his revolver and shoot himself in the mirror You just cannot make this up.Human history, it seems, is full of such ridiculous detail But it is also full of honesty, endeavour and idealism Justin Wintle s portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi is replete with all of these qualities.


  4. says:

    This was a very serious biography, and at times a tough read The author, an historian, has never in fact met his subject, but drew upon other sources, causing a bit of a disconnected feel, and he began with an involved study of the history of Burma, followed by a biography of Suu Kyi s father Aung San, and then finally on to Suu Kyi s life itself But it was worth the wait and the plowing through difficult, similar sounding names and impossible to remember acronyms The courage and determination of Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, comes shining through anyway The author even tried, I think, to be detached, but I doubt it is possible to encouner someone like Suu Kyi and not be changed The tragedies of her life she was not even allowed to see her dying husband, her two sons have been allowed to visit her only a few times, she s been almost totally isolated for so many years only provide a backdrop to her courage An amazing woman, and with Burma in the news again today, her country needs her example like never before, although the junta seems to have things so locked up that there will never be hope in Burma But,Hope is the thing with feathersThat perches in the soul,And sings the tune without the words,And never stops at all,And sweetest in the gale is heard And sore must be the stormThat could abash the little birdThat kept so many warm Emily Dickinson Praying for Suu Kyi and her country.


  5. says:

    This was a great book for modern Burmese history, if the sentence structure was occasionally difficult to follow I read it because I wanted to know about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as well as have a better understanding of Burmese history in relation to her father I learned a lot about Burma from the early 1900s to present day and her life, but occasionally felt that Wintle was so optimistic and hopeful for the future in relation to his subject that he failed to account for the current status of her as a leader and what might be best for Burma I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to know about Burma since 1900 and to understand Daw Aung San Suu Kyi s biography through about 2000.


  6. says:

    There are some bright spots among the tediously written historical segments that jump back and forth in time Just as I would nearly give up on the book in exasperation, then it would come alive in an interesting way once again This happened over and over.


  7. says:

    It took me almost a month to finish this book, but I am glad I perservered It starts extremely slowly, but the historical context is necessary in order to understand Aung San Suu Kyi s position I knew nothing about Burma beyond the headline and now feel somewhat well informed.


  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this book It s dense with information about the history of Burma, and how it relates to Aung San Suu Kyi I could easily see rereading this one.


  9. says:

    Slow read but fascinating.


  10. says:

    I never thought I would finish this biography, but I did thanks to its fascinating storytelling Once you learned to skim read names, and changes to names So sad.


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