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Work Suspended and other stories including Basil Seal Rides Again Mr Loveday S Little Outing, Cruise, Period Piece, On Guard, An Englishman S Home, Excursion In Reality, Bella Fleace Gave A Party, Winner Takes All, Work Suspended, Scott King S Modern Europe, Basil Seal Rides Again, Charles Ryder S Schooldays Journalists seem to love this guy He s awfully snarky for a writer from the 1930s but oh so good A quick read, Scoop is about a man named John Boot gets accidentally sent to Ishmaila as a foreign correspondent The fellow manages to report some news after blazing through his budget and falling in love with a married gold digger named Katchen Meanwhile Waugh paints a hilarious portrait of foreign correspondent idiots creating fake news and running around chasing ridiculous leads It s not Journalists seem to love this guy He s awfully snarky for a writer from the 1930s but oh so good A quick read, Scoop is about a man named John Boot gets accidentally sent to Ishmaila as a foreign correspondent The fellow manages to report some news after blazing through his budget and falling in love with a married gold digger named Katchen Meanwhile Waugh paints a hilarious portrait of foreign correspondent idiots creating fake news and running around chasing ridiculous leads It s not the nicest picture of journalists, but pretty funny And Waugh creates the most ridiculous situations in his novels Evelyn Waugh was a snob, a racist, an anti semite and a fascist sympathiser whose attitude was, in the words of his biographer David Wykes,Waugh s racism was an illogical extension of his views on the naturalness and rightness of hierarchy as the main principle of social organisation He was also jealous, personally nasty and malicious, had been a bully at school, and as James Lees Milne said,the nastiest tempered man in England Waugh was, however, absolutely devoted to his adopted r Evelyn Waugh was a snob, a racist, an anti semite and a fascist sympathiser whose attitude was, in the words of his biographer David Wykes,Waugh s racism was an illogical extension of his views on the naturalness and rightness of hierarchy as the main principle of social organisation He was also jealous, personally nasty and malicious, had been a bully at school, and as James Lees Milne said,the nastiest tempered man in England Waugh was, however, absolutely devoted to his adopted religion, Catholicism, and generally friendly, welcoming and generous to other Catholics Nancy Mitford asked him how he reconciled his often objectionable conduct and attitude with being a Christian, said he replied thatwere he not a Christian he would be evenhorrible.All of this is on display in this absolutely hilarious farce of a book, and right at the beginning the tone is set,That s Mrs Cohen, said Effie You see how it is They re Yids Sure it isn t the nigger downstairs you want Scoop is a satire on journalism and the newspaper industry in general based on his own experiences or rather that of a fellow war correspondent for the Daily Mail covering the Abyssinian Italian war Although the characters are so utterly defined by the mythical racial characteristics assigned to them by an unkind world, it is still easy to laugh The snobbery which the non ethnic characters displayed was equally harsh and that is perhaps the key as to why such an ostensibly nasty book by such an unpleasant man is so funny, he must have seen himself in all of this,He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich, and so it s a bit of a send up, and that s something we can all appreciate The writing is wonderful, just as it was in his opus magnum, Brideshead Revisited, the humour extravagant, the denoument ridiculous All in all, recommended to everyone who likes period pieces that aren t quite nor ever will be, classics There s a song on Tusk by Fleetwood Mac where the chorus is not that funny, is it repeated over over, this did spring into my mind as I was a reading Scoop but I opposed Lindsey Buckingham s punkish sneer with an urbane no, but it is amusing as in it kind of makes you nearly smile inwardly almost the whole time except when of course as you must expect this being Evelyn Waugh talking about a fictionalized Ethiopia in 1938 you hit the old colonial casual racism so be warned that there ar There s a song on Tusk by Fleetwood Mac where the chorus is not that funny, is it repeated over over, this did spring into my mind as I was a reading Scoop but I opposed Lindsey Buckingham s punkish sneer with an urbane no, but it is amusing as in it kind of makes you nearly smile inwardly almost the whole time except when of course as you must expect this being Evelyn Waugh talking about a fictionalized Ethiopia in 1938 you hit the old colonial casual racism so be warned that there are three or four n words, one darky and one coon and a couple of yids but beyond that the usual farce of ridiculous white people blundering around and surprisingly less caricatured black people trying to extract the maximum amount of western currency from them while they do so, and picking them up when the goat connects with their rear ends This is one of Robert McCrum s 100 Best Novels in English EVER, so I think that indicates you can t believe a word that Robert McCrum says, because if ever there was a three star novel Scoop is it You might say that the way fake news is created and parleyed into real news very prescient of Evelyn Waugh is a solid subject for satire, but you may also say that treating western manipulation of African countries as a contemptuously easy chess game between various Powers is as Lindsey says NOT THAT FUNNY Biting and cruel and ever so Waugh, this read aged well enough in its characters and mostly well in the events that illuminate them I read this about 35 years ago, alongside Waugh in Abyssinia, for a journalism course I am sure that s the reason I liked the book as well as I did, since I disliked William Boot with vigorous and vitriolic epithetry.Lord Copper, the vile capitalist, was Falstaffian fun, but I suspect I d find him less so in my own old manhood All in all, a slightly too small arm Biting and cruel and ever so Waugh, this read aged well enough in its characters and mostly well in the events that illuminate them I read this about 35 years ago, alongside Waugh in Abyssinia, for a journalism course I am sure that s the reason I liked the book as well as I did, since I disliked William Boot with vigorous and vitriolic epithetry.Lord Copper, the vile capitalist, was Falstaffian fun, but I suspect I d find him less so in my own old manhood All in all, a slightly too small armchair from younger,limber days, yet always among my mental furniture

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