Search Results: "Evelyn Waugh"


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THE END OF THE BATTLE by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Jan. 10, 1962

"A palpable hit."
Presumably the last of the Evelyn Waugh novels dealing with the adventures of Englishman Guy Crouchback immediately prior, during and just after the Second World War, The End Of The Battle gleams with all the old audacity, macabre romanticism and cadaverous jollity which have made Waugh probably the supreme satirist of our day. Read full book review >

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TACTICAL EXERCISE by Evelyn Waugh
Released: June 15, 1954

"A savory, for an audience which is by now dedicated."
A collection of short stories has been assembled from the year, 1910, when the author was 7(apple), until 1953. Read full book review >

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"The Waugh devotees will be on deck for this but a cooling word in advance will prepare them for the break with what has gone before."
Listed by the publishers as a "serio-comic novel of military life", this turns out to be more "serio" than "comic" and, from an American view, nigh on to dullness. Read full book review >

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THE LETTERS OF EVELYN WAUGH by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Oct. 15, 1980

"An indirectly revealing collection, then, with a few intriguing oddities (restrained encouragement for fledgling novelist Alex Comfort) and reference points for the novels (the comic rhythms of the prose here, as well as EW's occasional work-in-progress comments)-but, all in all, another regretfully shallow display from a writer whose best work is anything but."
Apparently bearing in mind the dull, distasteful impression made by Waugh's Diaries (1977), editor Amory's rather defensive introduction stresses that "this version" of Waugh "shows him to his best advantage so far." Read full book review >

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THE DIARIES OF EVELYN WAUGH by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Oct. 25, 1977

All different kinds of people are going to be disappointed by these heavily heralded diaries—kept by England's most acerbic schoolboy, playboy, traveler, soldier, and novelist. Read full book review >

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HELENA by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Oct. 16, 1950

"An intellectual invention which is not without its spiritual significance, this still does not subdue the occasional bright badinage, the wit which is a worldly one, although it will be the name that will carry this to its audience."
A retelling of the story of St. Read full book review >

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SWORD OF HONOUR by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Nov. 2, 1966

"Some critics, Malcolm Muggeridge for instance, considered this ironic, absurd, affecting (and autobiographical) portrait of a middle aged man at war his finest achievement."
Both a "recension" (Waugh before his death excised some of the original material) as well as a one-volume publication of the World War II trilogy— Men at Arms (1952) Officers and Gentleman (1955) and Unconditional Surrender (1961) which Waugh thought of as "obituary of the Roman Catholic Church in England." Read full book review >

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THE LOVED ONE by Evelyn Waugh
Released: June 23, 1948

"Certainly not a even for Waugh addicts."
Entertaining as Evelyn Waugh's practiced wit may be, the mockery here seems a little macabre for all tastes. Read full book review >

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A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh
Released: June 15, 1934

"It falls a bit flat, much of the time."
Sometimes one detects a note of spoofing; the rest of the time this reads like rather far-fetched straight story. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 15, 1980

"Whereas the diaries and letters may put off readers, this is more likely to encourage them to explore further."
A small, judicious selection of Waugh's journalistic pieces, 1917-1964—only a pendant to the recently-published diaries and letters, perhaps, but a display of the author's range without his excesses. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE GOING WAS GOOD by Evelyn Waugh
Released: June 1, 1946

"This edition will make this material available to the larger market opened up by Brideshead Revisited."
This reprints, in one volume, selected, connected passages from four of Waugh's travel books which were published between 1929 and 1935. Read full book review >