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Scoop (1938)

by Evelyn Waugh

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A satire on the motivations and manipulations of the Press. Funny. Well written. If only Waugh were alive today he would be appalled by the public's naivete and the overwhelming power of the media. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Very funny; still relevant (written in 1937). Send-up of sensationalist journalism. Spoof of journalism, capitalism, emerging countries. Certainly not politically correct today, but spot on for much of it. Laughed a lot throughout... Haven't read Waugh since college or shortly after... will read more now, I think. ( )
  DavidO1103 | Feb 20, 2014 |
A satire, this novel is dated in its language and prejudice, but not in its essence. Through a case of mistaken identity, William Boot is sent by the newspaper the Beast to an African nation to report on the civil war there, only to find that it is almost entirely made up by the journalists he meets there. Waugh skewers journalists, newspapers, capitalism and government corruption, all applicable to our current world, but the combination of his own bigotry and the general bigotry of the 1930s combine to make parts of this book rather uncomfortable. ( )
  ffortsa | Jan 1, 2014 |
Brilliantly observed and written. This is only the second novel by Waugh I've read. He is quite possibly one of the sharpest writers I have ever read. ( )
  ElaineRuss | Sep 23, 2013 |
Very amusing satire of newspaper life & Colonial African politics. Probably not very politically correct in today's terms but I could easily visualize the attitudes and apathy of the natives of Ishmaelia, as well as the gullibility of the Europeans & cynicism of the newsmen. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 26, 2013 |
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Waugh, Evelynprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duzijn-van Zeelst, M.E.J.Translatorsecondary 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.
'Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole...'
'Up to a point, Lord Copper.'
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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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