"The Trouser People towers above all other
contemporary books on Burma"
"A remarkably good-humoured book. This is not one of those foreign correspondent memoirs where you suspect most of the work has been done in the bar of some Intercontinental hotel. Marshall has been to places where you simply don’t know who may come at you out of the shrubbery, how heavily armed he will be, how fearful of foreigners, and indeed how stoned on whatever local intoxicant is most plentiful."
- Sunday Telegraph
"It is good to be able to pay Andrew Marshall’s book a fulsome Burmese compliment – his writing is nicely rounded."
- The Times
"A witty account of life in today’s diverse and suppressed Burma. Casually weaving relevant political and cultural history into his wry note-taking on what he sees in this largely inaccessible country, Marshall gives us a rare glimpse into the jukes and jibes – both on the pitch and off – of Burma’s mysterious balance of power."
"An evocative travel book and an adventure story . . . Marshall is a gifted writer."
- New York Times
"Outstanding . . . Marshall provides a vivid firsthand account of conditions in contemporary Burma. Pretending to be a tourist, he travelled throughout much of the country seeking to retrace the steps of the Victorian adventurer sir George Scott. Marshall suggests that life today in Burma may be no better than it was 100 years ago."
- Foreign Affairs
"The Trouser People towers above all other contemporary books on Burma, whether they be travelogues, biographies, or scholarly texts trying to explain the complexities of the country’s tangled politics. Marshall’s book is personal without being egocentric, beautifully written, and tells us more about Burma’s past and present troubles than most academic writings."
- Bertil Lintner, author of Burma in Revolt and Outrage
"Hilarious. Few books I have read have contained so many fascinating stories."
- Asian Review of Books
"Marshall emerges from these pages as an extraordinarily intrepid traveller and trustworthy narrator whose account will make readers want to hop on the next plane to Rangoon to help overthrow the general’s corrupt, narcodollar-fed regime. Excellent from first word to last."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Andrew Marshall’s physical objective, in this lively book about Burma, is to reach a small lake in the jungle highlands of the Wa country; the lake is a magical one, the people of its shores were until recently headhunters, the garrison which patrols that mountainous border of Burma with China are involved in opium wars . . . Marshall describes the country vividly and succeeds in making his misty little lake sufficiently magical for the journey to have been worthwhile."