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October 2010 Guest Editor Juliet Gardiner on Sword of Honour...
I laugh out loud so much that I hardly dare read Evelyn Waugh’s wartime trilogy Sword of Honour in public places. Partly based on Waugh’ own war experience the novels follow the unheroic career of the hapless Guy Crouchback of the Royal Corps of Halbadiersin his tangles with military bureaucracy.
Waugh's own unhappy experience of being a soldier is superbly re-enacted in this story of Guy Crouchback, a Catholic and a gentleman, commissioned into the Royal Corps of Halberdiers during the war years 1939-45. High comedy - in the company of Brigadier Ritchie-Hook or the denizens of Bellamy's Club - is only part of the shambles of Crouchback's war. When action comes in Crete and in Yugoslavia, he discovers not heroism, but humanity. Sword of Honour combines three volumes: Officers and Gentlemen , Men at Arms and Unconditional Surrender , which were originally published separately. Extensively revised by Waugh, they were published as the one-volume Sword of Honour in 1965, in the form in which Waugh himself wished them to be read.
Publication date: 29/03/2001
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||29th March 2001|
|Author:||Evelyn Waugh, Angus Calder|
|Publisher:||Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Classic fiction (pre c 1945),|
Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. He was educated at Lancing and Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he travelled extensively in most parts of Europe, the Near East, Africa and tropical America, and published a number of travel books, including Labels (1930), Remote ...More About Evelyn Waugh, Angus Calder