Put Out More Flags
Basil Seal has his own ideas about the war and how he can make it work for him.
"Waugh's great talent is his understanding of human nature and its penchant for the absurd. To this he marries a storyteller's art and a clear-eyed grasp of the realities. Highly recommended." (B-O-T Ed...more
The books that comprise the Sword of Honour trilogy were written in the 1950s and 1960s when Evelyn Waugh was able to put World War Two into some kind of perspective. Sword of Honour also happens to be one of Evelyn Waugh's masterpieces.
Put Out More Flags, an earlier war novel, opens in the autumn of 1939 and all takes place during the twelve months of the war. It wa ...more
We rejoin the idle, scheming Basil Seal in the autumn of 1939, as the second World War is breaking out across Europe and all of England is mobilizing. He's wryly aware that the era of Bright Young Things is over for good; in fact, his halfhearted attempt to join a ...more
“Often, in Paris, Lady Seal had been proud that her people had never fallen to the habit of naming streets after their feats of arms; that was suitable enough for the short-lived and purely professional triumphs of the French, but to put those great manifestations of divine rectitude which were the victories of England to the use, for their postal addresses, of milliners and chiropodists, wo ...more
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Recommendation for Special Duty
1. I am privileged to write in support of one of our members, CAPT Evelyn Waugh. CAPT Waugh was assigned to our naval base in Chatham and has soon been involved in a daily training routine that left him with - quoting CPL. Chubb - 'so stiff a spine that he found it painful even to pick up a pen'.
During the time CAPT ...more
Evelyn Waugh’s Put Out More Flags is a funny send-up of Britain’s prewar consciousness confronting the reality of the Second World War. He captures the vanity of a certain caste of high society during the Phony War of late 1939 and early 1940. Though a light book, and in my estimation not his best, there is plenty of vintage Waugh here to enjoy: nasty and selfish characters who use charm to slip blithely through the world, whether at war or not. Then there is Waugh’s s ...more
The book's shortcoming in my opinion is that it covers too wide a cast of characters and this makes the narrative seem unfocused. I think Waugh was going for a sweeping, all encompassing, big-picture type of novel, i.e., Dostoyevsk ...more