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Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

Scoop (1938)

by Evelyn Waugh

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This is a novel about misunderstandings. Due to a misunderstanding, a London newspaper sends their nature editor to cover a war in a distant African country where he receives unintelligible cables from his head office. In Africa, there are considerable misunderstandings between the Reporters and the locals. In London, there are plenty of misunderstandings between the city mouse characters and the country mouse characters. Although these misunderstandings were likely humorous to readers when the book was first published, they make the novel very difficult to read for modern readers. The book does not really seem to be worth the effort. ( )
  M_Clark | Jan 2, 2019 |
Amusing but I'm not sure it deserves the long standing assessment that it is a classic. A broad farce with mistaken identities, dropped trousers, cartoon like stereotypes as the main cast. And, of course, very much of its time displaying colonialist racist views. ( )
  Steve38 | Nov 21, 2018 |
Absolute classic - from the moment we learn that William Boot’s sister has tampered with the manuscript of his article, a series of misadventures and misunderstandings that land William in a war zone. It’s a masterclass in the art of crisp concise writing. ( )
  kate_author | Jun 2, 2018 |
Evelyn Waugh was a pretty vile human being (even for his time) and unfortunately, "Scoop" contains elements of his racism and anti-Semitism, which mar an otherwise decent novel.(I put this book on my list after reading and loving Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited" -- before I had read anything about the author's life.)

"Scoop" is the story of a newspaper columnist named Boot, who gets sent overseas as a foreign correspondent to Ishmaelia, where a war is expected to break out despite his lack of qualifications, because his name is similar to someone else more qualified.

As a recovering reporter, there were elements of this book I found amusing and that still ring true today-- especially the pack mentality, which is still present in reporting today. ( )
  amerynth | Mar 11, 2018 |
It's a while since I've read this book, but I could still remember how much I enjoyed it. In a case of mistaken identity, the wrong Boot was sent to cover the war in Africa. Not knowing anything, he blundered along and still got the scoop. A very delicious read. ( )
  siok | Feb 24, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Waugh, Evelynprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blewitt, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome 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'.
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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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141187492, 0141195126, 0141193468

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