From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey

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The astonishing story of a young man's upbringing in a remote tribal village in Burma and his journey from his strife-torn country to the tranquil quads of Cambridge. In lyrical prose, Pascal Khoo Thwe describes his childhood as a member of the Padaung hill tribe, where ancestor worship and communion with spirits blended with the tribe's recent conversion to Christianity. In the 1930s, Pascal's grandfather captured an Italian Jesuit, mistaking him for a giant or a wild beast; the Jesuit in turn converted the tribe. (The Padaung are famous for their 'giraffe women' - so-called because their necks are ritually elongated with ornamental copper rings. Pascal's grandmother had been exhibited in a touring circus in England as a 'freak'.) Pascal developed a love of the English language through listening to the Bbc World Service, and it was while working as a waiter in Mandalay to pay for his studies that he met the Cambridge don John Casey, who was to prove his saviour. The brutal military regime of Ne Win cracked down on 'dissidents' in the late 1980s. Pascal's girlfriend was raped and murdered by soldiers, and Pascal took to the jungle with a guerrilla army. How he was eventually rescued with Casey's help is a dramatic story, which ends with his admission to Cambridge to study his great love, English literature.

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‘Deserves to become a “Wild Swans” of this new century.’ Caroline Moore, Spectator

‘More than the record of an astonishing life, this book is a work of art.’ Mark Archer, Financial Times

‘Exceptional...In parts it is a thrilling and fascinating page-turner. In others, it fills one with respectful awe at the resilience and determination of a young man to fight despair and never lose hope.’ Martin Booth, Sunday Times

‘Extraordinary...remarkable. A marvellous book, full of pity, yearning and wisdom; stirring and terrible in equal measure. I commend it wholeheartedly.’ John Preston, Sunday Telegraph

‘Extraordinary...thrilling.’ Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

‘Extraordinary...Beautiful. A magical story, full of richness and subtlety.’ Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

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"A moving story that travels from a remote hill village to modern Cambridge by way of a brutal regime and the struggle of decent, ordinary people to counter it. A thrilling and fascinating page-turner."
'Sunday Times'

A member of a tiny, remote Burmese tribe famous for their 'giraffe-necked' women, student Pascal Khoo Thwe was forced to flee to the jungle during the rise of the corrupt military dictatorship. His lover had been arrested, raped and murdered by the armed forces, and Pascal became a guerrilla fighter. But a chance meeting with Dr. John Casey, a Cambridge Don visiting Mandalay, would change both their lives forever.

Overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles and danger, the two men strike up a scholarly correspondence that would take Pascal from the brutal hardships of guerrilla warfare to the hallowed world of Cambridge University. This is the moving true story of his extraordinary life and miraculous journey.

"More than a record of an astonishing life, this book is a work of art."
'Financial Times'

"A wonderfully moving account of growing up in a 'dream culture' in a remote Burmese village where it was considered natural to see and talk to ghosts."
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