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The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh
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Dec 28, 2007

really liked it

The book opens thus: "It may happen in the next hundred years that the English novelists of the present day till come to be valued as we now value the artists and craftsmen of the late eighteenth century. The originators, the exuberant men, are extinct and in their place subsists and modestly flourishes a generation notable for elegance and variety of contrivance. It may well happen that there are lean years ahead in which our posterity will look back hungrily to this period, when there was so much will and so much ability to please." Waugh wrote that fifty years ago. It did happen, lean years were ahead. "The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold" is one of Waugh lesser works, but it's still better than most novels written since.
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