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Labels by Evelyn Waugh
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Oct 23, 11

Read in October, 2011

Evelyn Waugh went to Paris and then took a Mediterranean cruise, visiting Egypt, the Holy Land, Crete and various Aegean islands, as well as Constantinople, Algeria and a few other places. Since none of these places were at all unfamiliar to his better-off readers, Waugh was obliged to present his travelogue as a personal memoir less concerned with the scenes through which he passed than with his own reactions and feelings to them, and to the whole business of travel as it obtained in 1929.

Since Waugh was a cheerfully unrepentant racist and snob, as well as a harping proselytiser for Catholicism and something of a misogynist to boot, sensitive souls may be well advised to give Labels a miss. But since Waugh was also a brilliant writer and a very funny man, broader-minded readers will find this a very amusing book indeed, and funniest when the author is at his beastliest.

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