The Malayan Trilogy
  • Pages: 608
  • ISBN: 9780749395926
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Binding: Paperback

The Malayan Trilogy

Anthony Burgess
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Anthony Burgess was an officer in the Colonial Service and in The Malayan Trilogy he satirizes the dog days of colonialism.

Victor Crabbe is a well-meaning, ineffectual Englishman in the tropics, keen to teach the Malays what the West can do for them. Through Crabbe’s rise and fall, and through a series of wonderfully colourful characters, Burgess lays bare the racial and social prejudices of post-war Malaya during the upheaval of Independence.

Here was a place that was going to disappear from the British consciousness before long, namely Malaya, and it had to be written about. I suppose it was kind of a deliberate attempt to encase the atmosphere of the place in fiction. I knew it had been done by Somerset Maugham . . . but good as he is and as much as he’s recognized as the real fictional authority on Malaya he never knew the people, he never knew the language. I did and I was able to write from the inside. — Anthony Burgess

‘Like all good comic writers Mr Burgess lives his creations as much as he writes them. First class.’ Observer



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