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The Trouser People: A Story of Burma in the Shadow of the Empire

The Trouser People: A Story of Burma in the Shadow of the Empire

Author(s): Andrew Marshall

Location(s): Burma (Myanmar)

Genre(s): Adventure, Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue

Era(s): 19th and 20th centuries

Andrew Marshall has written an unforgettable adventure story, the wry account of two journeys into the untraveled heart of Burma. Part travelogue, part history, part reportage, The Trouser People recounts the story of George Scott, the eccentric British explorer, photographer, adventurer, and later Colonial Administrator of Burma, who introduced the Empire’s best game (soccer!) to Burmese natives and to the forbidden Wa state of headhunters, who were similarly enthusiastic about it. The second, contrasting journey is Marshall’s own, taking the same dangerous path one hundred years later in a country now devastated by colonial incompetence, war, and totalitarianism. Wonderfully observed, mordantly funny, and skillfully recounted, this is journalistic travel writing at its best.

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