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The Diaries Of Evelyn Waugh

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Evelyn Waugh kept a diary almost continuously from the age of seven until a year before his death in 1966, and extracts from the diaries caused sensation when they were published by in The Observer. Providing the background to the novels which made Waugh famous, these diaries are a sharp and baleful view of the social history of our times.
Paperback, 832 pages
Published June 5th 1995 by Phoenix (first published September 2nd 1976)
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Janice Chandler
Read this when I was in my Brideshead phase and loved it!
Sutter Lee
Sep 17, 2014 Sutter Lee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Just glanced thru it. Nothing interested me.
James Smith
Of interest only to devotées, but for them these diaries are a treat. Waugh is cantankerous yet devout, obsessive and petty yet honest and genuine in his lifelong pilgrimage.
Donald
Nov 30, 2013 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you appreciate Waugh's novels and his peculiar brand of open, erudite sarcasm, you will adore his memoirs. Some passages of these diaries should go down in the annals of English Literature as some of the funniest thoughts in history. A great view to the soul of a man which is loveable to those who care to prick their fingers on the spiny shell of an ingenious writer and Catholic.
Sherwood Smith
Read with the letters, these diaries are so revealing. How heartless he could be at times, and yet hungering for respect from his blue blood buds. To be accepted as one of them. I wonder if his kids got the boost he so desired for them.

I do feel sorry for Laura.
Adam DeVille, Ph.D.
Deliciously indiscreet, hilariously incorrect: there is nothing not to love in these diaries--except that there are not more of them! Immensely enjoyable to the point of rollicking laughter at not a few points.
Richard Thomas
Nov 25, 2014 Richard Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
The man unadorned and unashamed. Prejudice, hatreds and his inner self revealed. Often uncomfortable to read but a sine qua non if you wish to understand him.
virgodura
1) DRINKING! 2) BEING BORED 3) DRINKING

skimmed through quite a lot of it because it's not particularly compelling. it does pick up a bit during/after wwii though.
Millie
Sep 20, 2015 Millie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As Waugh got older, his journal becomes a lot more mundane. It does become hard going towards the end, and it's very long!
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Evelyn Waugh's father Arthur was a noted editor and publisher. His only sibling Alec also became a writer of note. In fact, his book “The Loom of Youth” (1917) a novel about his old boarding school Sherborne caused Evelyn to be expelled from there and placed at Lancing College. He said of his time there, “…the whole of English education when I was brought up was to produce prose writers; it was al ...more
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