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Bagages enregistrés

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published November 5th 1991 by Payot (first published 1930)
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Daren
Commencing with the 1930 coronation of Haile Selassie I in Abyssinia, which Waugh attended as special correspondent for The Times, this book covers his subsequent travels through Aden, Kenya, Zanzibar, Tanganyika, Uganda and the Belgian Congo.
There was little description of the coronation, but then Waugh was not far up the foodchain, and perhaps didn't enjoy the best of the hospitality. And yes, his style is pretty typical of the 1930s, seeing the Colonial benefits of Africa and the poor qualiti
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Andrew Darling
Waugh's assignment in Abyssinia in 1930 provided the raw material for two of his fine novels - Black Mischief, and Scoop. It also resulted in a non-fictional account (this book) of his experiences. While the novels are rightly still widely read and enjoyed, this book has travelled less comfortably. There are fine passages, to be sure, and Waugh's exquisite and deadly humour is to be found in some measure; but the political scene-setting which inevitably occurs at intervals slows things down and ...more
Andrea
Feb 25, 2011 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, travel
Waugh is, as usual, rather acid and condescending. He doesn't take anybody seriously, himself included. That being said, I didn't start this expecting sensitive portrayals of cultures and people. However, IMO, if anybody ever needed a little historical cutting down to size (sorry, bad phrasing considering his height) it is Haile Selassie, and so far Waugh's description of Selassie's coronation is really funny.

After finishing the entire book, I would say that if you are really interested in the r
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M. D.  Hudson
Jul 31, 2009 M. D. Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evelyn Waugh goes to Ethiopia for the coronation of Hailie Salassie -- great stuff. Not particularly PC, however, so do not read if you are offended by early 20th century western attitudes towards other cultures. Fine book.
Katherine
Jan 21, 2015 Katherine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
*3.25 stars.
“It seems to me that a prig is someone who judges people by his own, rather than by their, standards; criticism only becomes useful when it can show people where their own principles are in conflict” (40).
“(And this shows the great gulf which divides the novelist from the journalist. The value of a novel depends on the standards each book evolves for itself; incidents which have no value as news are given any degree of importance according to their place in the book’s structure and t
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Wijnand Marchal
Feb 19, 2016 Wijnand Marchal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Remote people" is the story of the coronation of Ethiopia's last emperor Haile Selassi in 1930, seen through the eyes of British journalist and author Evelyn Waugh. It's a fascinating account, colorfully written and also includes chapters on his subsequent travels to Aden, Kenya, Zanzibar, the Belgian Congo and South Africa. I had been looking for this book ever since my posting in Ethiopia (2005-2007). I only found expensive copies online, but finally I got my copy for a few euros in a small s ...more
Kat
Dec 25, 2014 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to kick this guy.
I know, 1930s, different view, different ways. Blah, blah, blah.
But Waugh is condescending - both towards Africans and Europeans. Ironic, mostly towards others, rarely towards himself. Completely insensitive when it comes to African peoples.
And, of course, colonialists are awesome and they are doing locals a favor by messing with their affairs. Light of civilization and other stuff - not a single critique word is articulated by Waugh.
Summary of this book is, basical
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ashok
Feb 28, 2011 ashok rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a typically unsympathetic view of Africa and Africans from the 1930s. The most readable part is the chapter on the Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie.

The other half of the book is a journal of a tour through other East African countries -- mostly devoted to the goodness of the colonizers, complaints about the heat and food etc.

Ana
Jul 28, 2012 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyable. Not one word in excess. Precise and funny descriptions (we should remember that Waugh made this trip in 1930). And above all, he never tries to show off - it's always the country or the rest of the people who are the leading characters. So far, Evelyn Waugh has never disappointed me.
Frederico
it was alright.
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Reading in WAUGH ABROAD: COLLECTED TRAVEL WRITING (Everyman)
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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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