Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - Decline and Fall #ad - As the farce unfolds in evelyn Waugh's dazzling debut as a novelist, the young run riot and no one is safe, least of all Paul. Then sports day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. Sent down from oxford after a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys' private school in Wales.

His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy plagued by doubts and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup or just plain drunk.

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Vile Bodies

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - In these pages a vivid assortment of characters, aristocratic Nina Blount, among them the struggling writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and the glamorous, hunt fast and furiously for ever greater sensations and the hedonistic fulfillment of their desires. In the years following the First World War a new generation emerged, wistful and vulnerable beneath the glitter.

Vile Bodies #ad - Evelyn waugh's acidly funny satire reveals the darkness and vulnerability beneath the sparkling surface of the high life. The bright young things of 1920s london, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercised their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade.

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A Handful of Dust

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - In a novel that combines tragedy, and savage irony, comedy, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible mood of the "crazy and sterile generation" between the wars. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set. After seven years of marriage, the beautiful Lady Brenda Last has grown bored with life at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that is the pride and joy of her husband, Tony.

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - So begins scoop, waugh's exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news. Lord copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another.

Scoop #ad - Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs. Algernon stitch, lord copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia.

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Sword of Honor

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - Though often somber, sword of Honor is also a brilliant comedy, peopled by the fantastic figures so familiar from Waugh's early satires. Its central character is guy crouchback, who at first discovers new purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism, head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family, but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war overwhelming.

. The deepest pleasures these novels afford come from observing a great satiric writer employ his gifts with extraordinary subtlety, delicacy, and human feeling, for purposes that are ultimately anything but satiric. Sword of honor comprises the three acclaimed novels Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender.

Sword of Honor #ad - This trilogy spanning world war ii, based in part on Evelyn Waugh's own experiences as an army officer, is the author's surpassing achievement as a novelist.

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Brideshead Revisited

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - Brideshead Revisited #ad - The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece-a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of charles ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities.

At once romantic, and somber, sensuous, comic, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.

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The Loved One

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - Waugh's dark and savage satire on the Anglo-American cultural divide depicts a world where reputation, love, and death cost a very great deal. Within its golden gates, american-style, a naïve californian corpse beautician, is wrapped up and sold like a package holiday-and Dennis gets drawn into a bizarre love triangle with Aimée Thanatogenos, death, and Mr.

The Loved One #ad - Following the death of a friend, the poet and pets' mortician Dennis Barlow finds himself entering the artificial Hollywood paradise of the Whispering Glades Memorial Park. Joyboy, a master of the embalmer's art.

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The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - The stories collected here range from delightfully barbed portraits of the british upper classes to an alternative ending to Waugh's novel A Handful of Dust; from a "missing chapter" in the life of Charles Ryder, the nostalgic hero of Brideshead Revisited, to a plot-packed morality tale that Waugh composed at a very tender age; from an epistolary lark in the voice of "a young lady of leisure" to a darkly comic tale of scandal in a remote and imaginary African outpost.

The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh #ad - The complete stories is a dazzling distillation of Waugh's genius-abundant evidence that one of the twentieth century's most admired and enjoyed English novelists was also a master of the short form. Evelyn waugh's short fiction reveals in miniaturized perfection the elements that made him the greatest satirist of the twentieth century.

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Put Out More Flags

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - Put Out More Flags #ad - When neville chamberlain declares war on Germany, it seems the perfect opportunity for more action and adventure. With europe frozen in the "phoney war, " when will Basil's big chance to fight finally arrive? So basil follows the call to arms and sets forth to enjoy his finest hour-as a war hero. Basil's instincts for self-preservation come to the fore as he insinuates himself into the Ministry of Information and a little-known section of Military Security.

Upper-class scoundrel basil seal, his mother, much to the despair of the three women in his life-his sister, mad, creates havoc wherever he goes, bad, and dangerous to know, and his mistress.

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Lucky Jim New York Review Books Classics

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NYRB Classics #ad - This is the story of jim dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better than most that “there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones. Amis’s scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores, frauds, and neurotics, cranks, with each of whom Dixon must contend in one way or another in order to hold on to his cushy academic perch and win the girl of his fancy.

More than just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy post-war manners, Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom, and a work of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing, whatever form they may take, from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh.

Lucky Jim New York Review Books Classics #ad - As christopher hitchens has written, and simultaneously imagine Evelyn Waugh forgetting about original sin, “if you can picture Bertie or Jeeves being capable of actual malice, you have the combination of innocence and experience that makes this short romp so imperishable. ”. Regarded by many as the finest, withering, comic novel of the twentieth century, and funniest, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954.

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Black Mischief

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - Black Mischief #ad - However, seth plans to introduce his people to the civilized ways of the west-but will it be as simple as that?Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of homemade currency, with the aid of Minister of Modernization Basil Seal, the staging of a "Birth Control Gala, " the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies, and a good deal more mischief.

Nothing can stand in our way. When oxford-educated emperor Seth succeeds to the throne of the African state of Azania, he has a tough job on his hands. We are progress and the New Age. His subjects are ill-informed and unruly, double-dealing, and corruption, and bloodshed are rife.

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