I have read a lot of books about the "Raj", starting with "The Jewel in the Crown". "Motilal's Tattoo" introduced me to the ethnic cleansing that took place in Burma after Japan prevailed briefly there. This story captures the history over several generations and beautifully depicts the internal conflict of men and women who were raised to respect the Empire but some felt ultimately that they owed their allegiance to their own people and others never wavered. The capitalist wave that included teak and rubber is well described in exquisite detail. As is the monarchical society of Burma that fell to the colonialists but never left the hearts of the people. As has been said before, things are complicated. A fast read. Many heart-stopping moments. Well worth the time invested in this family saga.

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