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DOWNLOAD KINDLE ♴ The Moon Princess: Memories of the Shan States ⚐ Narrated By The Eldest Daughter Of Sao Shwe Thaike, The Prince Of Yawnghwe, The Moon Princess Recounts Both The Story Of Her Early Life And At The Same Time Provides A Fascinating Memoir Of Her Father Who, In , Became First President Of The Union Of Burma After The Country Gained Its Independence She Describes Growing Up In The Shan States And Records The Changes That Occurred During The Periods Of British Colonial Rule, War And Japanese Occupation, The Return Of The British Administration, The Troubled Years After Burma S Independence And, Finally The Military Takeover InIt Is A Personal Account Of A Family Caught Up In Political Turmoil Which Led To The Loss Of A Brother And A Father, The First During The Coup And The Latter In Military Custody Studying At Cambridge, Sanda, Met Her English Husband, Peter Simms And Later They Lived In Rangoon Against A Background Of Political Upheaval Until The End Of Democratic Rule Forced Them To Leave Their Home And Their Country, Never To Return The Moon Princess Is An Important Record Of A Tumultuous Period In The History Of A Troubled Country It Includes Appendices Of Important Political Documents Relating To The Shan States And Tables Of The Ruling Princes And Family Trees The Moon Princess was recommended by Aye, owner of the guesthouse where I stayed during 3 weeks in Nyaungshwe, Shan State, Myanmar recently There was no copy in the town s tiny bookshop, but I was lucky to score one at the expansive Ananda Temple bookstall in Bagan Aye nearly swooned as she promised the book was so good she couldn t put it down As I started reading I realized why It made the relatively recent history of the very town where she lives come alive The author describes customs and culture of the Shan villagers as well as an inside look at her royal life Her view of the gradual political changes after WW 2 to a military dictatorship provides a fresh perspective from the daughter of a once powerful Shan ruler I m thinking of rereading the book before my next trip to Burma in January and taking it along as a reference for learningabout Nyaungshwe Last trip I visited the Royal Palace, now a museum, where she grew up As a museum it lacks the grandeur a visitor might expect although some exhibits were being added as I walked around the mostly empty rooms Now I realize we are fortunate so much remains.