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Showing all books by: Evelyn Waugh

Scoop
Boot gets mistaken fo another Boot and gets sent off to report on the war in Ishmalia.
Funny
Score: 7.5
Published: 1938
Read: August 1st 2003

Brideshead Revisited
The story of Charles Ryder, who meets Sebastian Flyte, who, eventually, takes him to visit Brideshead, and so begins his involvement with the family and their Catholicism (and drunkeness in Sebastian's case).
Excellent. Great scene near the end where old Lord Marchmain returns to Brideshead to die, and sends the Catholic priest, come to administer Last Rites, packing. But at death he repents!
Score: 7.5
Published: 1945
Read: November 1st 2007

Men at Arms
The first book in the Sword of Honour trilogy describing the exploits of Captain Guy Crouchback who signs up to the Halberdier Regiment at the start of WW2. As war breaks out the regiment spends most of its time getting on and off trains and boats without going anywhere, but eventually they end up in Dakar where the Brigadier is determined to see some action.
Very good, funny and serious.
Score: 8
Published: 1952
Read: December 23rd 2020

Officers and Gentlemen
Guy Crouchback is sent to join X Commando in training on the Isle of Mugg, but then ends up being sent in to support the evacuation of Crete, which ends up a bit of a disaster, although Guy manages to avoid being made prisoner, escaping in a small boat, and with his honour intact.
Quite good.
Score: 7
Published: 1955
Read: March 3rd 2021