The Pointing Man: A Burmese Mystery

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • The young assistant of a Burman curio shop owner goes missing. A banker, a vicar, and the wife of a high-ranking bureaucrat all seem to be hiding something. An old friend who works for the Indian Government, Coryndon, happens along and sets about to solve the mystery.
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9 Responses to The Pointing Man: A Burmese Mystery

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    This is a very nicely written book. The writer does not resort to silly devices to maintain the story or go off on unnecessary tangents.

    The mystery is maintained until the end of the book and everything makes perfect sense once Coryndon solves the problem. For a book written in 1917, I found its style quite modern.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Of course, Burma was a British protectorate back then, until sometime after World War II. It may have been run from India, which also controlled what today are Pakistan, Bangladesh, and I think Sri Lanka. I’m not sure how strong a link they had to Nepal (whence the Gurkhas come), Bhutan, and Sikkim (now part of India).

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Burma was part of British-ruled-India until shortly before WWII. It was then a separate colony. Of course, the Japanese stepped in for about four years before being evicted in 1945.

        The Brits were then evicted by Aung San and his confederates in 1947.

        I don’t recall Burma having much to do with Bhutan or Nepal. They did have a fair amount to do with parts of India, particularly Tamil Nadu as many Tamils were shipped to Burma for labor. This caused many problems with the locals.

        I have visited Rangoon only a couple of times and in those days it was still pretty run down. I understand it is in much better shape now.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          My reference to Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim (all located between India and Tibet) was in reference to what was governed (or possibly governed) from India. It thus was linked to Burma only in terms of both being run from the same place.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I linked to the page with a free Kindle version. Sounds as if it is full of OCR errors. But free is still free. Might give this one a try.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        I downloaded the free Kindle version and didn’t notice any major errors. A word might have been misspelled now and then, but that didn’t hurt the flow of the book.

        What does OCR mean?

        The book is written by a woman, but she does not spare the female character in the novel.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          OCR is Optical Character Reading. It means the book was scanned into a computer, not entered by keyboard or downloaded from a pre-existing file.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            I don’t believe the edition I read was scanned. I may be wrong, but it looked better than scanned pages which I sometimes see on the computer when I look up old books on smelting or mining for example.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              OCR is scanning the book optically and then the software converts the image to individual text characters. Without a human checking for errors (as they supposedly do at Gutenberg) the text can sometimes become a hash.

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