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The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy
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The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy


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.

Title:The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:512 pages
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  • Whitaker
    Aug 29, 2013

    Those measly two stars don't mean that I didn't enjoy reading this. I did, rather. It's just that I find that the novel undermines its own intent. The novel's dislike of racism is apparent, and Burges...

  • MJ Nicholls
    May 04, 2013

    Burgess’s autobiographical trilogy is a vastly comic and brutally realistic work that wryly and unflinchingly depicts the “dog days of empire,” as the blurb puts it perfectly. Opening with Time ...

  • Preeta
    Dec 23, 2007

    I've avoided posting a review of this for a few days, because I'm having trouble distancing myself from the fact that it's about Malaya (the old name for most of Malaysia), a Malaya I know and love fr...

  • Stephanie Augustin
    Jul 28, 2011

    How odd is it that a foreigner describes my country more wholly and better than any Malaysian writer I've read? It may boil down to my not having read enough local authors, but I think it is because r...

  • carl  theaker
    Apr 11, 2010

    Time for a TigerThe history book 'Forgotten Armies' got me on the Southeast Asia theme and as Anthony Burgess'Malayan Triology is mentioned as a mood setter for the post-war era, I continued with it.S...

  • Subashini
    Feb 17, 2016

    As other people have pointed out, it reenacts the racism and stereotypes it purports to skewer. The #orientalistgaze is one hell of thing to break free from, though, so I give him stars for trying his...

  • Candace
    Sep 20, 2007

    This was one of the most influential books of my adult life.It was with inital reluctance that I allowed myself to feel compassion for Nabby Adams, the protagonist (of sorts), but in no time I was com...

  • Darya Kirienko
    Jul 26, 2012

    A must read for every expat in Malaysia. If the author lived today and wrote a blog, he could have used most of his observations for it. ...

  • Miquixote
    May 15, 2017

    It was Burgess's ambition to become "the true fictional expert on Malaya."Do I read to travel or do I travel to read?I must be honest here, I would never have read this book if I wasn't planning on go...

  • Lu
    Sep 16, 2011

    Per quanto mi riguarda, riassumere il contenuto di questo libro è impossibile. E’ composto da tre romanzi scritti da Burgess tra il 1955 e il 1957 (se non confondo le date) ispirandosi alla sua esp...