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Black Mischief, Scoop, The Loved One, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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In honor of the hundredth anniversary of Evelyn Waugh’s birth, four of the master’s most wickedly scathing comedies are here brought together in one volume.

Black Mischief is Waugh at his most mischievous–inventing a politically loopy African state as a means of pulverizing politics at home. In Scoop, it is journalism’s turn to be drawn and qua
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by Everyman's Library (first published June 19th 2003)
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Have also read Black Mischief and Scoop. Neither quite as biting and sad as The Loved One, nor as funny, I thought. But still very good. I shall keep the collection at four stars.

I read The Loved Ones in this collection so far. It was really great, I wasn't sure what to expect (I think I expected some sort of love story, which I sort of got, but not really). Quite funny and biting and a little bit sad. Those Brits, they can be so clever.

A very interesting, semi-autobiographical account of Waugh's descent into hallucinatory madness due to drug and alcohol abuse.
I admire "Black Mischief" (June 4, 2006) for Waugh's hilarity. Read it and you'd like his dark humor.
SCOOP and PINFOLD are particularly brilliant. Waugh's prose drips with beauty, and is hilarious to boot.
Charles Vilina
Truly the king of literary satire. Waugh shocks and awes his way into your heart!
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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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