The Malayan Trilogy, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Like all good comic writers Mr Burgess lives his creations as much as he writes them.

First class' Observer. Anthony Burgess was an officer in the Colonial Service.

In The Malayan Trilogy - Time for a Tiger, The Enemy in the Blanket and Beds in the East - he satirises the dog days of colonialism.

Victor Crabbe is a well meaning, ineffectual English man in the tropics, keen to teach the Malays what the West can do for them.

Through Crabbe's rise and fall and a series of wonderfully colourful characters, Burgess lays bare racial and social prejudices of post-war Malaya during the upheaval of Independence.


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I think it would mean more to one who's from Malaya/Malaysia. But because of its many "controversial" elements (racial stereotypes mostly) many people there would pass over it. A pity, because not only is it a very good caricature of Malayan/Malaysian society, it also serves as a warning of what things could become (have become?).Apart from being a political and social diatribe, it is also a work of art. Burgess skilled use of wordplay and poetic prose is to be admired.

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Burgess wrote some excellent books, but this is trash

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