Satiric trilogy about the last days of English Colonialism in Malaya in 1950s.
‘Like all good comic writers Mr Burgess lives his creations as much as he writes them. First class’
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.
“... a sad, hilarious book about the underlife of the expatriate East...”
John Lanchester, Independent on Sunday
“essentially and splendidly comic”
Allan Massie, The Scotsman
“...Magnificent black comedies about human nature: about vainglory, obliviousness, delusion, and the undertow of despair.”
Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Globe