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Scoop (1938)

by Evelyn Waugh

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It is an old Penguin book, the orange and white one, a reprint from 1951. This book, these musty papers are 8 years older than i am!
It was a 50c find, among boxes of old books for sale at the school fair last month. Maybe it was even just a quarter. Cheap as anyway. And still in good enough condition for reading; the pages arent falling out, there’s no water damage etc. And it has that marvelous musty old book smell. Aaah.
And what a surprise of a treat to read. Having read only Brideshead Revisited many years ago, when i was too young to really appreciate it, but old enough to like it anyway, it felt like my introduction to the satire of Evelyn Waugh. It does make me wonder, where are these types of writers today?
The book has lively eccentric characters, you can see the old movie in your brain. Yet i am surprised that i cant find if a movie has been made of it. Some sassy comedy with fast talkers, smooth suave fraudsters, Claudette Colbert, or Cary Grant.....surely something must have been done on film with this....
(read several years ago, came across the jottings today) ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
An innocent abroad, a rural correspondant of "The Daily Beast", William Boot, gets sent overseas to cover the unrest in the African kingdom of Ishmaelia.
Apparently, not a totally inaccurate way of how foreign wars were covered, i.e. from a distance and quite a bit of it made up, which is disconcerting. (Of course, nothing like that would ever happen today....?) ( )
1 vote quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
A silly sitcom of an indictment of journalism. That is a sentence fragment. ( )
  chasing | Jan 18, 2016 |
Mrs Algernon Stitch recommends a reporter called Boot to go to Ishmaelia as newspaper The Beast’s war correspondent. Unfortunately due to a mix up the wrong Boot gets ‘called up’ and leaves behind his cosy country home where he writes a column about nature and finds himself out of his depth in a foreign country on the brink of war, amongst a group of journalists as he struggles to come up with a ‘scoop’ that no other journalist gets wind of.

The first part of this book is really quite funny, and the character of Mrs Stitch is excellent. Unfortunately she soon disappears from the action and when that happened I felt the book lost some of its spark. There are some amusing moments, but on the whole I found it a bit of a let-down and not as good as Waugh’s Vile Bodies. There has been some criticism of the book due to its apparently racist nature. I think today’s reader has to remember that the book is “of it’s time”, and whilst some of the language wouldn’t be acceptable if written today, it was acceptable at the time, even if it shouldn’t have been. ( )
  Bagpuss | Jan 17, 2016 |
The 1938 book [Scoop] by [[Evelyn Waugh]] satirically trashes "Fleet Street" journalism. It starts with an identity mix-up: the owner of The Daily Beast is persuaded to send hot novelist and travel writer John Courteney Boot to report on “a very promising little war” in the East African country Ishmaelia. Instead the newspaper mistakenly sends its mild-mannered and clueless staff writer William Boot, a nature writer who likes to compose sentences like, “Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole."

Boot is joined by other journalistic Brits, Americans, French, Swedes and so on, all competing to outsplash the others. As it turns out, there's no war going on, so they need to get creative to please their editors. Rumors fly and quickly become stories, and the truth doesn't even merit secondary consideration. "News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it." The humor continues to have bite today, and it's easy enough to substitute "Rupert Murdoch" for "Lord Copper", the always-right owner of the Daily Beast, or to recognize the pressure newscaster Brian Williams felt to make up entertaining stories.

Sure enough, by resisting the herd mentality, in the end Boot scoops all the others. But the consequent honors bestowed disconcert him, and there is yet another case of mistaken identity that will have its effect.. All Boot wants to do is resume his musings on nature, writing about "maternal rodents [who] pilot their furry brood through the stubble."

This one is full of laughs. More than once it made me think of [[P.G. Wodehouse]] and his Jeeves and Bertie Wooster stories. Sure enough, toward the end of [Scoop], two characters bond over their mutual friendship with someone named "Bertie Wodehouse-Bonner".
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  jnwelch | Feb 18, 2015 |
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Waugh, Evelynprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duzijn-van Zeelst, M.E.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hitchens, ChristopherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ràfols Gesa, FerranTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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While still a young man, John Courteney Boot had, as his publisher proclaimed, 'achieved an assured and enviable position in contemporary letters'.
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Why, once Jakes went out to cover a revolution in one of the Balkan capitals. He overslept in his carriage, woke up at the wrong station, didn't know any different, got out, went straight to a hotel, and cabled off a thousand-word story about barricades in the streets, flaming churches, machine guns answering the rattle of his typewriter as he wrote, a dead child, like a broken doll, spreadeagled in the deserted roadway before his window - you know.
There was something un-English and not quite right about 'the country', with its solitude and self-sufficiency, its bloody recreations, its darkness and silence and sudden, inexplicable noises; the kind of place where you never know from one minute to the next that you may not be tossed by a bull or pitchforked by a yokel or rolled over and broken up by a pack of hounds.
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Evelyn Waugh was one of literature's great curmudgeons and a scathingly funny satirist. Scoop is a comedy of England's newspaper business of the 1930s and the story of William Boot, a innocent hick from the country who writes careful essays about the habits of the badger. Through a series of accidents and mistaken identity, Boot is hired as a war correspondent for a Fleet Street newspaper. The uncomprehending Boot is sent to the fictional African country of Ishmaelia to cover an expected revolution. Although he has no idea what he is doing and he can't understand the incomprehensible telegrams from his London editors, Boot eventually gets the big story.

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"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. Acting on a dinner-party tip from Mrs Algernon Smith, he feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising little war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. One of Waugh's most exuberant comedies, "Scoop" is a brilliantly irreverent satire of "Fleet Street" and its hectic pursuit of hot news."--Back cover.… (more)

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