A book of lively sketches on an idyllic lifestyle – Malay Sketches

Malay Sketches is a collection of short stories on the Malay character, Malayan scenery and Malayan life in the late 19th century. Each story ranges from 6 to 10 pages. The author was a British colonial administrator who became the first Resident general of the Federated Malay States. He served from 1 July 1896 to 4 November 1901.

Readers familiar with books by Somerset Maugham on the Far East like The Casuarina Tree will enjoy reading these sketches of a long-gone idyllic lifestyle in the Malayan Peninsula. I would also recommend In court and Kampong tales and sketches of native life in the Malay Peninsula by Hugh Clifford.

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