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Scoop AUTHOR Evelyn WauIsing little war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia One of Waugh's most exuberant comedies Scoop is a brilliantly irreverent satire of Fleet Street and its hectic pursuit of hot ne. 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 crowdThis 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 starts as a jab against hyperbolic journalism and a total lack of understanding amongst policy makers turns into an absurd spectacle that even includes a measure of swashbucklingIt feels like Waugh had fun writing this tale and his powers of description are so apt that the feeling is catching Here for example Waugh sketches the front yard of a woman who rents out rooms on her propertyThe Pension Dressler stood in a side street and had at first glance the air rather of a farm than of a hotel Frau Dressler's pig tethered by one hind trotter to the jamb of the front door roamed the yard and disputed the kitchen scraps with the poultry He was a prodigious beast Frau Dressler's guests prodded him appreciatively on their way to the dining room speculating on how soon he would be ripe for killing The milch goat was allowed a narrower radius; those who kept strictly to the causeway were safe but she never reconciled herself to this limitation and day in day out essayed a series of meteoric onslaughts on the passers by ending at the end of her rope with a jerk which would have been death to an animal of any other species One day the rope would break; she knew it and so did Frau Dressler's guests 156Phrases such as meteoric onslaught are an excellent example of the skillful hand that Waugh brings to languageOnly one aspect of this book did not work whatsoever and that is the rampant racism that Waugh shows for black people It is a sad and foolish shortcoming much like the racism that Robert Howard succumbed to in his adventure stories It is possible that Waugh is going for humor when he tosses around slurs and epithets but if this is the case he goes too far and employs them with a discomforting fluencyOtherwise I very much enjoyed this book I trust Waugh to make me laugh and I am sure that I will turn to his work again in the future

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Blunder however and may in a moment of weakness make another Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs Algernon Smith he feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a prom. Review was first posted on BookLikes 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 that even Fleming's Live and Let Die which I had finished just before Scoop looks like an enlightened and unbiased work promoting intercultural understanding For the best part of the last two weeks I have looked at my old copy of Scoop and wondered whether to chuck it onto the charity shop pile or straight into the bin It's not a book I would recommend unreservedly Even looking at Waugh as a representative of a time when sentiments of racial or cultural stereotyping were common and widely accepted I wonder whether there was a need for it in Scoop because this was not a part of the book that was satirical Or if it was this did not come across well So while I am glad that I have read Scoop I expected Much

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Read & Download Scoop AUTHOR Evelyn Waugh ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ 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 anothLord 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. 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 as James Lees Milne said the nastiest tempered man in England Waugh was however absolutely devoted to his adopted religion Catholicism and generally friendly welcoming and generous to other Catholics Nancy Mitford asked him how he reconciled his often objectionable conduct and attitude with being a Christian said he replied that were he not a Christian he would be even horribleAll of this is on display in this absolutely hilarious farce of a book and right at the beginning the tone is set That’s Mrs Cohen” said Effie “You see how it is They’re Yids”“Sure it isn’t the nigger downstairs you want”Scoop is a satire on journalism and the newspaper industry in general based on his own experiences or rather that of a fellow war correspondent for the Daily Mail covering the Abyssinian Italian war Although the characters are so utterly defined by the mythical racial characteristics assigned to them by an unkind world it is still easy to laugh The snobbery which the non ethnic characters displayed was eually harsh and that is perhaps the key as to why such an ostensibly nasty book by such an unpleasant man is so funny he must have seen himself in all of this He was gifted with the sly sharp instinct for self preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich and so it's a bit of a send up and that's something we can all appreciate The writing is wonderful just as it was in his opus magnum Brideshead Revisited the humour extravagant the denoument ridiculous All in all recommended to everyone who likes period pieces that aren't uite nor ever will be classics