'Like all good comic writers Mr Burgess lives his creations as much as he writes them.
First class'ObserverAnthony 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 12/02/1996
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780749395926