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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400066344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400066346
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For those wearied by doorstop biographies, this lean and urbane dual portrait is a breath of fresh air. As lawyer and writer Lebedoff (Cleaning Up) makes clear, on the surface no two British writers could be more different. Evelyn Waugh was a loud convert to Catholicism, an even louder social climber and very much a man of Empire. George Orwell (Eric Blair) could best be described as a long-suffering atheistic humanist, a utopian socialist and dreamer. Waugh succeeded early; Orwell was an obscure polemicist until his masterpieces Animal Farm and 1984, which were written at the end of his life. But both men were born the same year (1903) and came from the same class. They admired each other's writing and moral courage, says Lebedoff, and finally met six months before the bed-ridden Orwell's death in 1950. Both men, the author says, rejected not only the immorality of dictators in their own time but the moral relativism they foresaw in the future. Aside from a slightly rambling chapter of summation, Lebedoff nimbly compares and contrasts the lives and art of these literary titans. 8 pages of photos. (Aug. 5)
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From The New Yorker

George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh met on only one occasion, in 1949; neither man kept a record of what happened, and perhaps the only certain outcome of the meeting is the existence of this idiosyncratic book. Offering an appreciation of two writers typically seen as opposites, Lebedoff strives for neither biographical nor critical comprehensiveness. He argues that both were essentially anti-modernist�Waugh a nostalgic moralist and Orwell a prophetic idealist�and therefore, in a sense, �the same man.� It�s a tenuous thesis that is not well served by Lebedoff�s method; his treatment of Waugh as a gifted stylist and Orwell as a truth-peddler tends to underscore rather than challenge their dissimilarities. Still, Lebedoff affirms his odd couple�s cultural relevance, using their writing as a lens to scrutinize everything from political correctness to the dangers of e-mail.
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This book is a good read: witty in the best sense, thorougly researched and it makes a point.
Norman R. Carpenter
There's much to recommend David Lebedoff's thesis that Orwell and Waugh, despite tremendous differences in lifestyle and worldview, shared a foundational commonality.
Athanasius
A book presenting a different viewpoint from which to evaluate two great English authors, Orwell and Waugh.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott Shipman on September 1, 2008
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Mr. Lebedoff's thematic portrait of Messrs. Orwell (Blair) and Waugh is commendable for the true power of ideas and how they are used in the hands of masters---in a book remarkable in it's brevity. I would tend to agree with another reviewer that Mr. Lebedoff over-reaches (just a bit) when he describes these two remarkable men as the "greatest" of their generation----which is, of course, subjective (Lewis has my vote as being in their company). Nonetheless, this small volume is a magnificent contribution to our era of "political correctness" and the breath-taking lack of diverse intellectual inquiry at the university. Mr. Lebedoff correctly concludes that these two men, Orwell and Waugh, while vastly different were one in concluding that "modernity" holds much peril for the essential moral foundation on which Western civilization precariously rests.
A few quotes jumped off the page:

"What they had most in common was a hatred of moral relativism. They both believed that morality is absolute, though they defined and applied it differently. But each believed with all his heart, brain, and soul that there were such things as moral right and moral wrong, and that these were not subject to changes in fashion. Moral relativism was, in fact, the gravest of sins. Everything else they believed in common flowed from this basic perception."

"They opposed totalitarianism, period, and they opposed it with all their hearts...What both believed---their core, who they are---was that individual freedom mattered more than anything else on earth and reliance on tradition was the best way to maintain it."

"Their most fundamental concern was that the Modern Age would strip human beings of their humanity.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stanley H. Nemeth on August 28, 2008
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"The Same Man" is a winning dual biography of George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh, two giants of 20th century English prose. Apart from the book's frequently witty and consistently lucid style, perhaps its most memorable feature is its unusual thesis. Its author, David Lebedoff, claims that the two distinguished writers, often thought of as polar opposites of Left Wing and Right, had more important features in common than differences. While it's true, for example, that the Catholic Tory Waugh was a social upstart and the socialist Orwell a sort of "downstart," both men at the same time were serious moralists who shared a detestation of then fashionable moral relativism. Each had a firm belief in right and wrong and an unwavering commitment to that all-important common sense and individual freedom, high among the worthiest features of English tradition. When large segments of the British intelligentsia, for instance, were infected with a spirit of capitulation and all agog over whether wisdom lay in supporting Hitler or Stalin, both Orwell and Waugh made clear their open and intense disdain for the two dictators. Similarly, if Waugh sucked up to the titled classes, his novels are nevertheless filled with mockery of the frequent emptiness of the lives of such worldlings, as Orwell himself might have suggested. Similarly, Orwell, for all his left-leaning, was a severe critic of Stalin and a bitter foe of communism long before most British movers and shakers had to admit that "the god ...[had] failed." Waugh, a believer in the supreme importance of the afterlife, could have suggested that Orwell adopt such a gimlet-eyed view toward all other merely political attempts to improve the human condition as he'd demonstrated here.Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Athanasius on August 31, 2008
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This rather short book is chock-full of information and insight (and a great deal of wit) regarding two of England's most gifted and important writers: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh.

There's much to recommend David Lebedoff's thesis that Orwell and Waugh, despite tremendous differences in lifestyle and worldview, shared a foundational commonality. Lebedoff makes a strong case that both men, far wiser than H.G. Wells and other utopians, recognized that Modernism would be the cause of Western Civilization's downfall.

The synthesis of all heresies, as Pope Saint Pius X so memorably defined this calamitous creed, Modernism demands a great deal. Indeed, it will settle for nothing less than a complete break with the past, with tradition, with continuity. It both engenders and needs a somnolent and faithless people, easily satisfied with bread and circus and readily seduced by the meaningless rhetoric of a ruling class; an elite that pays lip service to democratic ideals, but cares only for securing its own pleasure-seeking lifestyle. In short, our current age; a decadent and degenerate era that daily sinks deeper into a cesspool of stupidity, infantilism, coarseness, brutality, and just plain pointlessness. One may safely assume that neither Orwell nor Waugh shed this mortal coil with a smile on their lips.

A couple of negatives. First, Lebedoff's contention that Orwell and Waugh are the two greatest English writers of the 20th century is highly subjective at best. What about G.K. Chesterton? And C.S. Lewis? The latter's "That Hideous Strength" is an amazing book that brilliantly addresses core Orwellian themes.
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