Summer read: The long day wanes


This book, by Anthony Burgess, takes a long look at the war between the Tamil, Chinese, Malay, British, Americans and aborigines of British Malaya during the Malayan Emergency, with the book (which came out in 3 parts) set from 1954 to 1957, concluding with the formation of the independent Federation of Malaysia in 1957.  The book centers around the travails of an English teacher, Crabbe.  The characterizations are deep and local, and it was an engaging read.

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