A sweetly satiric look at the twilight days of colonialism.
Set in postwar Malaya at the time when people and governments alike are bemused and dazzled by the turmoil of independence, this three-part novel is rich in hilarious comedy and razor-sharp in observation. The protagonist of the work is Victor Crabbe, a teacher in a multiracial school in a squalid village, who moves upward in position as he and his wife maintain a steady decadent progress backward.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Anthony Burgess (1917–1993) is the author of many works, including The Wanting Seed, Nothing Like the Sun, and Re Joyce. A Clockwork Orange is one of the "100 best novels" of both Time magazine and Modern Library and is on David Bowie's Book List.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This trilogy is appreciated more by having lived the last seventeen years in Malaysia and Singapore (mainly Malaysia). The racial characteristics of the various ethnic groupings can still be discerned even though they are made somewhat cariacatures here. What is certainly interesting is the way in which culture and attitudes have changed over the last fifty years. Burgess accurately and comically makes considerable reference to the liking of the Malays for drink for example which has waned over the intervening years as the society here has been gradually islamicised. I do know however from those now at retirement age that his descriptions are spot on. There are good in jokes that a knowledge of the language assists. For example places and rivers are referred to as "Lanchap" (this is Bahasa Melayu for masturbation) and Kenching (this is Bahasa Melayu for urine or urination or of course "taking the pi**").Must take minor issue with John. The main indian group in Malaysia are the Tamil's although there are Sikh's depicted in the novels.
Great. Five stars if I didn't suspect that this guy was an alien plant to just produce great novels.
Makes you feel you are there! Very well written, brilliant mastery of language. Recommended for any armchair adventurer