Time for a Tiger by Anthony Burgess

This is the first novel in a trilogy about Malaya under British colonial rule. I was keen to read some Burgess as he seems a bit neglected, apart from sporadic interest in A Clockwork Orange, his most famous book.

Time for a Tiger is a treat. The characters are funny and the sardonic humour behind the plot is intriguing. The absurdities and ironies of the colonial era are nicely explored and illustrated; for example, Nabby Adams, a raging alcoholic and a British army sergeant, is such a fluent speaker of Urdu and other Asian languages he forgets which he is speaking, though the fact that he can do so at all passes unremarked.

I look forward to the next one in the trilogy.


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