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Publication Order of The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy Books

Time for a Tiger (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Enemy in the Blanket (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beds in the East (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Enderby Books

Enderby (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enderby Outside (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clockwork Testament (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enderby's Dark Lady (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Wanting Seed (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Doctor is Sick (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Right to an Answer (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil of a State (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Hand Clapping, (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Worm and the Ring (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Clockwork Orange (By: Tom Holland) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honey for the Bears (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inside Mr. Enderby (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Eve of Saint Venus (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nothing like the Sun (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Vision of Battlements (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tremor of Intent (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
MF (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Napoleon Symphony (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Long Trip to Teatime (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beard's Roman Women (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moses (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abba Abba (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
1985 (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man of Nazareth (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kingdom of the Wicked (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earthly Powers (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of the World News (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pianoplayers (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Any Old Iron (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mozart and the Wolf Gang (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dead Man in Deptford (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Byrne (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Plays

Stanley Kubrick's Clockwork Orange (With: Stanley Kubrick) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oberon Old and New (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blooms of Dublin (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Clockwork Orange 2004 (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Language Made Plain (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here Comes Everybody (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coaching Days of England (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Age of the Grand Tour (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Novel Now (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shakespeare (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joysprick (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
New York (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ernest Hemingway and His World (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Man & Music (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Going to Bed (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Heritage of British Literature (With: Elizabeth Bowen) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
99 Novels (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flame into Being (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homage To Qwert Yuiop (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Wilson and Big God (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
You've Had Your Time (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Mozart (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Mouthful of Air (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Two Tales of the Future (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
But Do Blondes Prefer Gentlemen? (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil's Mode (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Future Imperfect (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Man's Chorus (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Year's Best Science Fiction No. 3(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
65 Great Tales Of Horror(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess was a British non-fiction and fiction and literary author. Anthony was born on Feb 25th, 1917 in Manchester and studied at the Xavierian College and later on lectured at Birmingham University. Burgess spent considerable time traveling the world. In his lifetime he has toured south-east Asia, Mediterranean Europe, and England. Anthony served in the military for a substantial period on the battlefield and later as an education officer.
The author has written many books both fiction and non-fiction among them the Malayan trilogy, Shakespeare and Lawrence among others. Anthony is also credited with composing over 250 musical works. Additionally, he also worked as a screenwriter with screenplays such as Moses The Lawgiver and Jesus of Nazareth.

Time for a Tiger

The trilogy, the Malayan Series kicks off with the book Time for a Tiger. The book looks into the difficult times of post-war Malaya as they fought for their independence. It explains the confusion and conflict brought about by the mingling of different cultures.

Malaya is in a state of confusion and amidst a racial crisis which drives the citizens into a hard and depressing state. It is during the postwar, and the people and government are amused by the effects created by the desire for independence. Victor Crabbe is the protagonist of this story and works as a teacher in a poor village. While he is moving up career-wise, he is also moving backward maintaining steady decedent progress together with his wife.

Anthony shows the extent of damage that has befallen the country and more so focusing on the social and political crisis that is created. The author gives alcoholism weight as this is used as an escape from the hardships that these people go through daily. It is one of the highly taxed commodities which leaves them with the option of using the cheap local beers especially for the majority who cannot afford standard beer. The society at that time is described as ignorant, lustful with multiple flaws as well as regretful as they nurse the wounds of war with the declining of the British rule. The country is still in a mess as communist try forcing their effect and turning people into terrorists.

The book also dramatically focuses on racism and the rigorous Islamic culture as it explores the different conflicts experienced at a personal level and as a community. Instances of humor make it attractive as the reader is drawn from the crisis being discussed in the story. The character building and description are also done excellently.

The Enemy In The Blanket

Second in the Malayan Trilogy is the Enemy in The Blanket. This is an adventure of victor Crabbe who has been assigned the headmaster role in a particular school. The story continues all the way to the independence period.

Crabbe is an English teacher is transferred and made the headmaster in one fictitious village in Malaya. On arriving here, he meets hardman who is an ex-fellow student back in England. Hardman is after building a clientele in this place, but this is almost impossible as the competition present is very severe from the Chinese, Malay Muslim, and Sikh. Victor’s wife wants to go back to England, but fate strikes bringing not only her down but many others. Anthony expresses a lot of concern on the difficulties that have befallen this country focusing on the pangs of racial segregation and social injustices. Again, the cultural difference that exists in this place causes a divergence which slows down development.

This is a community that is struggling to rise from the ruins and creates for themselves a stable and vibrant nation. But the trivial problems and conflict seem to bring them down before they can progress towards the achievement of this dream. This is a book that is heavily detailed with history though from a fictitious point but the messages communicated are apparent. The book has a massive take on the political life of this nation and the effects of war and other social and cultural problems. It can also not be overlooked that the book includes the role of females by a considerable extent.

The story is slow but highly educative where he uses the past to teach a lot of the present and the future. The inclusion of songs and wordplay make the reading more engaging and captivating.

Beds In The East

Beds in The East is the third book in the Malayan trilogy. As the British withdraw from Malaya, the country is plunged into a mess creating cultural and social problems. The novel continues the adventures of Victor Crabbe. The book explores the themes of ethnicity, religion, and nationhood which were seen in the Mayan society.

The country is on the verge of, but the tension between the different races is on the verge of creating a war. Victor is portrayed as a liberal-minded character full of zeal and who comes close to be the force behind the reunion of Malaya. However, victors past catches up with him and also gets weighed by the fact that he is divorced from Fenella, his second wife. The Mayans are still lodged in problems as they struggle to build a nation that is at conflict internally though not fighting each other on the battlefield.

The characters in the story are so deep into the events discussed that they either become the victims or the agents of change. One thing that keeps coming up repeatedly is that of alcoholism and which claims a considerable part of this society. Burgess tries to portray a community that is deeply engaged in a conflict that they are unable to create any meaningful progress.

Antony Burgess style of writing is highly predictive as he writes of things that would later occur current Malaysia. Based on his experience in the country, he has a rich understanding of the cultural, social religious and political conflict that existed in this country. The author portrays characters and happenings so clearly that one can almost picture the events he discusses in this book. He additionally shapes the significant themes of war, conflict and even betrayal way perfectly.

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