Burma at the time, still not closed, yet secret, offers the opportunity to describe the excitement prevailing on the ruby mining sites. Local legends of those who have made a fortune, whether real or not, are confused mythology strong figures, banditry and risk-taking of those who tried their luck without assurance of success.
Yet always, in the background, the kindness of the Burmese people and her modesty, but also the will to keep to ourselves certain sensitive information make the delicate atmosphere, and continuously suggests that the curtain can fall at any time and violence resurface on a true trivial.
Journalism Kessel is realistic, and loves to travel far from busy roads, it is a call to take his bag, a train or a local bus, from and revisit those places he himself traveled. Highly recommended.