[ Read ] ➵ Scoop Author Evelyn Waugh – Varanus.us

ScoopLord 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 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 So Begins Scoop, Waugh S Exuberant Comedy Of Mistaken Identity And Brilliantly Irreverent Satire Of The Hectic Pursuit Of Hot News.

[ Read ] ➵ Scoop Author Evelyn Waugh – Varanus.us
  • Paperback
  • 275 pages
  • Scoop
  • Evelyn Waugh
  • English
  • 22 July 2018
  • 9780316216371

    10 thoughts on “[ Read ] ➵ Scoop Author Evelyn Waugh – Varanus.us


  1. says:

    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 that were he not a Christian he would be even horrible.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 Oh dear, said William, I was told to come here by the Passport Office 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 a...


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    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...


  3. says:

    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 slightl...


  4. says:

    2.5 starsI ve read little Waugh apart from Brideshead Revisited, which I loved Waugh is writing there about the decline of the upper classes and writing about people he knew This is a comic novel about Journalism and the newspaper industry and is a very effective satire Lord Copper, the tyrannical and megalomaniac newspaper boss was said to be based on Lord Northcliffe, but was probably also part Beaverbrook and Hearst The story is based on Waugh s experiences working for the Daily Mail as a foreign correspondent covering Mussolini s invasion of Abyssinia in 1935 Ethiopia is changed to the imaginary state of Ishmaelia Lord Copper owner of the Daily Beast has learnt that something is going on in Ishmaelia As his best correspondent has recently transferred to the Daily Brute, he is in need of a new one A certain Mr John Boot, a writer, is recommended As it happens William Boot writes an obscure countryside column for the paper He is mistakenly called to London and given the job Boot is sent to Ishmaelia with large amounts of useless luggage, where he meets lots of other journalists, including Americans and French They look for communists and fascists and for the promised...


  5. says:

    Second time reading.File this under guilty pleasures I m, well outraged isn t the right word, made weary by the dreariness of the other reviews of this book plot summaries, gestures towards its transhistorical narratives or towards its capturing that peculiar moment before the Nazis invaded Poland , and hamfisted comparisons to P G Wodehouse different sort of writer entirely, although, hilariously, Wodehouse does get a shoutout as the plot winds down And then, well, there s the fact that the book is terribly racist. It s not racist in a Mein Kampf or Turner Diaries kind of way there s no particular program Waugh wants to push but the novel nevertheless goes hand in thoughtless hand with the postwar atrocities committed by Britain in Kenya Is this attitude inevitable Simply a record of its time Of course not Don t be foolish.That said, it s delightful I m of course reminded of A J Liebling s war journalism The plot shou...


  6. says:

    Review was first posted on BookLikes nearly two weeks now, the bent and creased copy of Scoop sitting on my desk has been staring at me Patiently Waiting whether I was going to write a review or not On finishing the book I had exactly two feelings about it 1 As far as satire of the press goes, Waugh created the most delicious and entertaining spoof I could have imagined However,2 This book contained so many openly racist and chauvinist remarks that even Fleming s Live and Let Die which I had finished just before Scoop looks like an enlightened and unbiased work promoting intercultural understanding For the best part of the last two weeks, I have looked at my old copy of Scoop and wondered whether to chuck it onto the charity shop pile or straight into the bin It s not a book I would recommend unreservedly Even looking at Waugh...


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    This book made me laugh out loud, something that books rarely do Then again, I don t read comical fiction Still, I suspect that, were I to look into the genre, Waugh would stand out in the crowd.This is the third book that I ve read from Waugh s work, and of the three it is the clear favorite Along with his usual talent for razzing British societal mannerisms, Waugh adds his satirical take on foreign policy in a small, developing country that is, ostensibly, under threat of civil war What starts as a jab against hyperbolic journalism and a total lack of understanding amongst policy makers turns into an absurd spectacle that even includes a measure of swashbuckling.It feels like Waugh had fun writing this tale, and his powers of description are so apt that the feeling is catching Here, for example, Waugh sketches the front yard of a woman who rents out rooms on her property The Pension Dressler stood in a side street and had, at first glance, the air rather of a farm than of a hotel Frau Dressler s pig, tethered by one hind trotter to the jamb of the front door, roamed th...


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    Waugh followed the near perfect Handful of Dust, with Scoop, an absolutely perfect Newspaper Adventure that satirizes journalism, especially as practiced by foreign correspondents This was the perfect topic for Waugh not only did he work throughout a career as a foreign correspondent, journalists are a recurring stock character in his fiction Inevitably, Waugh portrays journalists as drunk, fast talking adventurers, who are not above making up a story in their pursuit of fame and fortune the basic story finds young gentleman William Boot who writes a gardening column is mistakenly sent to the african nation of Ishmaelia to cover the civil war that is supposed to be raging there Instead of finding a civil war, Boot finds the mix of journalists, freebooters, marxists, fascists, and ex pats who were a regular feature of life in the Third World throughout the 20th century In fact, if you have read PJ O Rourke s Holidays In Hell, you ll be amazed how these characters survived 50 years after Waugh was writing Ishmaelia is a Liberia style nation which is being fought over by successive groups of communist subversives including a college educated boxer from Alabama , sinister fascists, and assorted plunderers Boot manages to run into everybody, and inadver...


  9. says:

    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 cha...


  10. says:

    Neust le nar am na recenzie od novin rov, e toto je najvtipnej ia kniha o urnalistike v dejin ch britsk ho imp ria, a asi naozaj Waugh je pre deadpan humor m bol Shakespeare pre dr mu, iba e Waugha sa u dnes a ko niekto odv i napodobnova , ke e neger sa u nehovor a imp rium bielych Angli anov u tie nie je pr ve pri sile.Takisto, 9 z 10 au...

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