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Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may, in a moment of weakness, make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs Algernon Stitch, he feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promi ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published 1937)
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Evelyn Waugh was a snob, a racist, an anti-semite and a fascist sympathiser whose attitude was, in the words of his biographer David Wykes, "[Waugh's racism was] "an illogical extension of his views on the naturalness and rightness of hierarchy as the (main) principle of social organisation". He was also jealous, personally nasty and malicious, had been a bully at school, and was, in the words of James Lees-Milne, "the nastiest-tempered man in England". He was, however, absolutely devoted to his ...more
Karl Steel
Second time reading.

File this under guilty pleasures. I'm, well outraged isn't the right word, made weary by the dreariness of the other reviews of this book: plot summaries, gestures towards its transhistorical narratives (or towards its capturing that peculiar moment before the Nazis invaded Poland), and hamfisted comparisons to P. G. Wodehouse (different sort of writer entirely, although, hilariously, Wodehouse does get a shoutout as the plot winds down). And then, well, there's the fact that
This book made me laugh out loud, something that books rarely do. Then again, I don't read comical fiction. Still, I suspect that, were I to look into the genre, Waugh would stand out in the crowd.

This is the third book that I've read from Waugh's work, and of the three it is the clear favorite. Along with his usual talent for razzing British societal mannerisms, Waugh adds his satirical take on foreign policy in a small, developing country that is, ostensibly, under threat of civil war. What st
Newspapers have been SCOOPed...the publisher and the foreign editor don't know the issues surrounding the civil war in Ishmaelia, East Africa. They propose to send a journalist whose job on the Daily Beast paper is writing an essay two times a month on "Lush Places". They confuse him with his distant cousin on staff with the last name of "Boot", only this is William, not John who really wanted the assignment!

The hapless, helpless, hesitant, and incompetent William hops a plane under the threat o
Review was first posted on BookLikes:

For nearly two weeks now, the bent and creased copy of Scoop sitting on my desk has been staring at me. Patiently. Waiting whether I was going to write a review or not.

On finishing the book I had exactly two feelings about it:

1. As far as satire of the press goes, Waugh created the most delicious and entertaining spoof I could have imagined. However,

2. This book contained so many openly racist and chauvinist remarks
Howard Olsen
Waugh followed the near-perfect "Handful of Dust," with "Scoop," an absolutely perfect "Newspaper Adventure" that satirizes journalism, especially as practiced by foreign correspondents. This was the perfect topic for Waugh; not only did he work throughout a career as a foreign correspondent, journalists are a recurring stock character in his fiction. Inevitably, Waugh portrays journalists as drunk, fast talking adventurers, who are not above making up a story in their pursuit of fame and fortun ...more
It is an old Penguin book, the orange and white one, a reprint from 1951. This book, these musty papers are 8 years older than i am!
It was a 50c find, among boxes of old books for sale at the school fair last month. Maybe it was even just a quarter. Cheap as anyway. And still in good enough condition for reading; the pages arent falling out, there’s no water damage etc. And it has that marvelous musty old book smell. Aaah.
And what a surprise of a treat to read. Having read only Brideshead Revisi
Jan 07, 2007 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Journalists/people who like Wilde
Shelves: fiction, england
Journalists seem to love this guy. He's awfully snarky for a writer from the 1930s--but oh so good.

A quick read, "Scoop" is about a man "named" John Boot gets accidentally sent to Ishmaila as a foreign correspondent. The fellow manages to report some news after blazing through his budget and falling in love with a married gold digger named Katchen. Meanwhile Waugh paints a hilarious portrait of foreign correspondent idiots creating fake news and running around chasing ridiculous leads. It's not
From BBC Radio 4:
Dramatisation by Jeremy Front of Evelyn Waugh's satirical 1938 novel.

Episode 1:
Hapless journalist William Boot is mistakenly sent to report on a war in Africa.

Episode 2:
William finds life as a war correspondent somewhat tedious, but he does fall in love and find himself in the middle of a revolution.
Delightful, old fashioned, smart , funny, not at all politically correct. In fact Evelyn Waugh at his best. It is a very short book but I enjoyed every minute of it. The main character fumbles his way through outrageous situations but always has the fates on his side and he always comes up a winner. I loved it!
Add me to the list: hilarious. Sort of a British "salt-of-the-earth" comedy, where the common man is wiser than his supposed betters.
Czarny Pies
Oct 19, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Czarny by: John Marsh
Shelves: english-lit
Evelyn Waugh is one of my favorite authors. He was a highly skilful satirist who masterfully rapped his contemporaries on the knuckles whenever he saw their actions as being selfish, their thinking as superficial or their behaviour as irresponsible. Waugh however basically believed in and loved England, so his barbs were never met to cut deeply just to remind the English of their faults which he felt they really aware of underneath.

In Scoop Waugh is in top form. A journalist is selected for an a
Due to a case of mistaken identity, a mild-mannered columnist on country life, William Boot, is sent as a war correspondent to Ishmaelia, an independent African nation where dissent is brewing between long-time ruling family the Jacksons and anarcho-communist upstarts prompted by German and Russian interests. Boot, though utterly stymied by the lackadaisical and corrupt Ishmaleian government (as well as his fellow journalists), and through no merit of his own, scoops everyone and returns to an u ...more
I started Scoop in winter 2008. I finished Scoop in spring 2010. That should probably explain my "meh" feelings about the book. I pretty much only finished reading it so that I could get it off my bookshelves once and for all.

Admittedly, the satire — about corrupt publishers and incompetent journalists — is something that I can appreciate as a journalist. But it gets old fast. And the 1930s, British humor gets cheesy really fast. It's predictable. The jokes make you smirk, but they're not really
Nov 28, 2011 Veronica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Veronica by: Modern Library's 100 Best Novels
A young journalist, William Boot, happily contributes to the Daily Beast by way of his superfluous nature notes. He lives with several family members in a rundown home outside of London and is quite content to maintain this simple lifestyle, but, alas, it is not to be. Through a series of comical misunderstandings, he is confused with another Boot and sent to the fictional state of Ishmaelia in Africa to cover reports of civil unrest and a potential war.

What Waugh manages to put to paper in this
A deceptively lighthearted satire on weighty matters: journalism, colonialism, fascism, communism, and social class. Pity about the racism.

Waugh finished this parody of the Ethiopian and Spanish wars in 1937. His novel turns these emergencies into farces. In retrospect, Waugh seems likely to encourage dangerous complacency in Western readers. This trivialization is made more outrageous by Waugh's casual contempt for the Africans in this story. His "Ishmaelia," an African nation caught between Ge

I got the sense that *every single character* in this book had their own story, and just happeened to be passing through this one as well. No bit player, no matter how bit, was not a character in their own right, with their own aspirations and history. Many seemed to have been introduced *for no particular reason* which is for the good, because real life is like that. Many seemed to be utterly ridiculous and implausible, which is also for the good, beca
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
There is a story that has long since entered into the mythology of journalism. It concerns William Randolph Hearst, among the most unscrupulous of the press barons, for whom newspapers were not so much a source of information but an expression of his personal power. After the beginning of the Cuban struggle for independence against Spain in the mid1890s he was active among those pushing for American intervention, seeing war as a way of selling even more newspapers.

The artist Frederick Remington
Lorenzo Berardi
Oh, I'm really enjoying this one!

This book is probably the quintessence of a certain reactionary British humour that I adore, despite its appalling snobbery towards the non Anglo-Saxon world. Well, perhaps that snobbery is exactly what I like.
Anyways, having tried (and stopped) a modest career in journalism, the satire on how to make the news you can find in "Scoop" is sublime.

Of course many things are changed meanwhile in the formerly closed circle of the foreign correspondents, but still this
Skylar Burris
In this diverting comedy of errors, Waugh satirizes African politics, British society, and world journalism. Retired country gentleman William Boot, through a series of misunderstandings, finds himself suddenly bound to Ishmaliea as a foreign correspondent, but he doesn't know quite how to invent the news. Somehow, he manages to bumble his way to journalistic stardom, while falling in love and being played a fool. This short novel is an easy read, and will inspire, if not outright laughter, a nu ...more
John Mccullough
May 18, 2014 John Mccullough rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with a sense of humour
"Scoop" was judged by the Modern Library and At Random magazine to be one oif the 100 best non-fiction books written in English during the 20th century. First published in 1938, it is a parody of the newspaper industry, of England and the English, of Africa and Africans, and a few other things German and Russian (ooops - Soviet). It was inspired by Evelyn waugh's brief career as a foreign correspondent to cover the are in Abyssinia, no Ethiopia. Tragically, it is appropriate today as I write 18 ...more
This is hands down one of the funniest, most enjoyable books I've ever read. A send-up of journalism with the trademark Waugh biting wit, involving foreign correspondents, a case (or two) of mistaken identities, and abundant with laugh out loud moments. Okay, so maybe this synopsis doesn't do the book justice. There are writers, and there are readers. Guess which one I am. It's still one of the best books I've ever read (there I go, repeating myself!).

If you haven't read any Evelyn Waugh books
The book might have gone better for me if I had not read it in fits and starts. I had a hard time connecting with it. I never really engaged with the book or its characters. There were humorous moments but mostly I was rather bored.
I enjoyed this book very much. Waugh was able to sustain my interest to the end and make me laugh as well.
Patrick Neylan
Scoop is perhaps the classic satire on the newspaper industry. Through a case of mistaken identity, naïve countryside sketch-writer William Boot finds himself dispatched to the East African republic of Ishmaelia (a thinly disguised Ethiopia) to cover the impending civil war for the Daily Beast. As he blunders around the capital city of Jacksonburg, he falls in with a mysterious English adventurer, a beautiful but flighty German-Polish-Romanian-stateless part-married near-widow, the corrupt but f ...more
Joanna Forbes
Unfortunately the Kobo version of Scoop was riddled with typographical errors. Kobo offered me a refund so it was actually a positive experience, however it's highlighted the difference between Kobo and Amazon: reviews. The typos were incredibly jarring and threw me straight out of being in the book and back to reading it.

I enjoyed the book. Waugh is ruthless. Even the protagonist, in his bubble of old country family, isn't spared. The role of the press in creating or directing current affairs
Ian Laird
Mild mannered rural correspondent William Boot is sent to a war zone in Africa – and gets a scoop.

While very funny Scoop is fairly depressing reading from one perspective - no-one in the story is actually interested in honour, truth or the public good, with the possible exception of William himself, but he is too naïve to discern the truth if he comes across it, too trusting to question the motivation of others unless sorely pressed and too lacking in ambition to much care one way or the other.

Somehow reading Waugh I can never stop myself comparing him to P.G. Wodehouse. In particular, I often feel about the larger Waugh project the way I feel when Wodehouse ventures into Lord Sidcup territory: that to make fun of fascists because they are not properly attired for dinner is to spectacularly miss the point.

Waugh also seems often to wandering off into the territory of satire by mixing matter of genuine concern with the tone and method of a light entertainment. And I can see how it's fun
In a recent article in the NEW YORK TIMES referring to the messy and embarrassing Rupert Murdoch scandal in the British press, the account noted the similarity of current circumstances to an old, if not quite venerated, satirical treasure, Evelyn Waugh's SCOOP. This 1938 novel about Fleet Street yellow journalism does share some features related to various contemporary sensation-seeking reporters (for example, the breathless talking heads enjoying the Arab Spring far more than the bloodied parti ...more
Waugh is a realist. His voice in Scoop is flippant, nonchalant, and gregarious. Yet, between the lines, in the subtext, in implication—or whatever way is best to put it—the book is a hard-nosed spoof, at points verging on satire proper. I’d be embarrassed to be a journalist, were I one, after reading Scoop; the book is a caricaturization of the occupation itself. It’s funny in points, and ridiculously so (e.g., the description of the goat head-butting the officer). It’s borderline touching and m ...more
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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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