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Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh (1928)

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    Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: If you like one of these Evelyn Waugh novels, chances are you'll like the second.
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    Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (hazzabamboo)
    hazzabamboo: These are two of the only books that make me laugh out loud. Also, both are entertaining (and very English) accounts of young men coming of age with more than a little truth to them.
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    A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh (John_Vaughan)
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    Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh (John_Vaughan)
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    Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (John_Vaughan)
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    Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley (John_Vaughan)

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Funny and British. ( )
  cambernard90 | Apr 12, 2017 |
Clever. A quote:
"I don't believe," said Mr. Prendergast, "that people would even fall in love or want to be married if they hadn't been told about it. It's like abroad: no one would want to go there if they hadn't been told it existed...." ( )
  raizel | Mar 5, 2017 |
"What a big orange! he said when he had finished it. They do things on a large scale here." --Mr. Prendergast on grapefruits, Decline + Fall pg 99
  little_boots | Dec 31, 2016 |
As much as I liked Vile Bodies, Waugh's other books just leave me cold.

There is wit, and then there is spite. Waugh just somehow doesn't seem to be able to rise above the latter.

Yes, there are some fine caricatures, but what spoils them is that Waugh tries too hard at times and comes across as nothing more that a bitter and self-important cynic.

I have one other of his books but it just moved down (quite) a few places on my TBR.

Review first posted on BookLikes: http://brokentune.booklikes.com/post/1006750/decline-and-fall ( )
1 vote BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
The first hundred pages or so of this novel are among the funniest I have ever read. I urge you to read it. Much of the humour throughout the book is caustic satire. What really made me laugh were the unexpected and perfectly turned comments from various characters. The protagonist is entirely passive. Things happen around him and to him. Were it not for its brevity, the novel would have dragged for me because I find it hard to identify with a character that doesn't really care about himself. That's a very personal reaction though. Don't let it put you off if you like a good laugh. ( )
  Lukerik | Jul 26, 2016 |
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Mr. Sniggs, the Junior Dean, and Mr. Postlethwaite, the Domestic Bursar, sat alone in Mr. Sniggs's room overlooking the garden quad at Scone College.
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"Sent down for indecent behaviour, eh?" said Paul Pennyfeather's guardian.
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Subtitled "A Novel of Many Manners, " Evelyn Waugh's notorious first novel lays waste the "heathen idol" of British sportsmanship, the cultured perfection of Oxford, and the inviolable honor codes of the English gentleman.

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Sent down in outrageous circumstances, Paul Pennyfeather is the new schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals & fools. Sports day arrives, & as the farce unfolds & the young run riot, no one is safe.

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