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Men at Arms by Evelyn Waugh
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Apr 03, 2011

really liked it
Read from April 03 to 17, 2011

After having been somewhat underwhelmed with Waugh's Decline and Fall, I had modest expectations for Men at Arms, but I ended up really enjoying it, and anticipate reading the last two books of the Sword of Honour (no omitting U's, please, we're British) trilogy. Full of dry and absurd humor, and infused with the gravity of World War II, the book follows in serial form the misadventures of our protagonist, Guy Crouchback, as he transitions from dreaming of playing solider to facing the daily mundanity and drudgery, interspersed with the occasional thrill, of life in the military. Seems pretty quintessentially British -- imperialism, stiff upper lip, the whole bit. I'm tickled to be reading the same paperback copy that my mom had in college. Hope I can pass down some books like this one day. Entertaining, well written and engaging.
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Serjeant Wildgoose '... dry and absurd humour', surely?

Sebastian Serjeant Wildgoose wrote: "'... dry and absurd humour', surely?"

Quite right. Geographically appropriate spelling shall be incorporated when I finally get around to Unconditional Surrender.

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