The characters were "real" people with "real" foibles.
It's a tight trilogy that reflects historical and social changes through its characters in the satirical literary slapstick characteristic of Burgess at his best.
All and all a great read for anyone and everyone, a book that is as intricate as it is educational.
Future Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess started his career as a novelist with a series of books based on his experiences as a teacher in Malaya. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Buzalka
Did not realize that the book was used. It is in good shape, though, and for the price I paid, it's okay.Published 10 months ago by Donald Balya
.. but very well written, about drunks and philanderers in the last days of colonial Malaysia. Burgess has a rather grim view of human nature but he's got a wonderful style, and is... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kent Miller
The novel's title refers, presumably, to the waning of British colonialism, as played out in Malaya in the 1950's. Read morePublished 18 months ago by R. M. Peterson
Anthony Burgess seems to have based this novel on his two-year stint as a teacher in
Malay College in Kuala Kangsar, Malaya, in the mid 1950's. Read more
What can one say about a work of literature that is both funny and haunting in it's portrayal of the final days of colonialism? Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Harry
Still the standard thing for expats in Malaysia, and very familiar in its depiction of the various races (so-called) of the country. Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by Softly, softly . . .
I would rate this as my favourite Malaysian novel, even though it was written by a mat salleh (Caucasian) before Malaysia came into existence in 1963. Read morePublished on August 2, 2009 by Amir Muhammad
I share others' enthusiasm for this remarkable book. It absolutely captures the complexity of inter-ethnic life in Malaya immediately before Independence (I served there in... Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by Richard Middleton