Strange Tales from the East and West

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Looking back upon a life spent in Burma, India, and China, I’m astonished at the number of extraordinary tales I’ve collected throughout the years. All of these stories are taken from real life. All are true.

One of the miracles associated with this collection is the manner of its survival. When the Japanese occupied Mogok (Upper Burma) in 1941, all the notes and diaries in which the tales were written, passed from my control. My home was seized. I had just enough time to hide what I considered to be my chief treasures—my notebooks and diaries—before I escaped into the trackless hills. These precious papers were committed to a hole in the ground, secretly dug under the wood stack. There they remained for the next three years, while the Japanese occupied my house, and daily helped themselves to the firewood. They never suspected the hidden cache beneath.

Now I bring these stories once more to the light of day, and present them as a curious memory of former days. Sometimes I marvel that such things should have happened. Indeed Truth is stranger than Fiction.

— C.M. Enriquez

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Brewing Storm 1939-1941

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These diaries record the months of suspense and anxiety of the isolated British community in Mogok as sporadic reports of the European war reach them. The Japanese war machine rumbles ever closer to the borders of Burma, but even more alarming is the subversive propaganda that encourages the Burmese to turn against the British. The Major, his family, and his friends can do nothing but watch as the storm clouds of conflict blacken and grow on the brink of Burma’s Invasion in 1942.

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Burma Invaded 1942

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For the first time in over 70 years, C.M. Enriquez has returned to print with a new posthumously released story.

Burma Invaded 1942 was considered too controversial and was banned from publication. Now, at long last, the Major’s tale can be told. As he states in the Preface:

“This book was begun in the expectation of recording interesting events relating to the invasion of Burma by the Japanese. It was continued in the realization that a strange and terrible situation which, if not immediately committed to paper, might well be lost to history.

“An atmosphere developed which could hardly be recaptured at a later date. It was my first intention to rewrite the record in the past tense; but since it was destined to cover such a short period – actually only five months – the original diary form has been retained, thus preserving the impressions which prevailed from day to day, influencing our hopes, our actions and our reactions.

“If this book is ever published, it will be at some future date when the public, now surfeited with war literature, is in the mood to recall and examine an episode of the early dark days of World War II. These events, though they will make painful reading for all time, nevertheless constitute a passage of Burmese history.”

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