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The Same Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War Hardcover – August 5, 2008
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"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."
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One of the pleasures of wandering through a brick-and-mortar bookstore is the opportunity to stumble across a marvelous book quite by chance. Such was the case with David Lebedoff's small but substantial "The Same Man". A dual biography of George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh, "The Same Man" proposes to show that for all their external differences Orwell and Waugh were essentially two sides of the same coin. I thought this a difficult almost impossible task. I was wrong. Lebedoff's thesis is a compelling one and one he supports with both substance and no small amount of charm.
Lebedoff's Prologue sets out the external difference between Waugh and Orwell in a compelling manner. He takes a night in June 1930. It is one in which Waugh attends a grand dinner party in London thrown by the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. That same night, Lebedoff takes us to Leeds where Eric Blair/Orwell sits working in a shabby ill-lit room. To his friends and family Orwell was considered a sponger and a failure. As the narrative continues, Lebedoff points to the various other external differences between the men. Waugh seems to wish for nothing more than an opportunity (via marriage if need be) to turn his blood as blue as possible. His drive to insinuate himself into the upper reaches of Britain's aristocracy was obsessive. Orwell's path of downward mobility was as driven and as seemingly obsessive as Waugh's. Waugh was religious, a convert to Catholicism, and his faith deepened as the years went on. Orwell was secular and was as committed to his secular view of the world as possible. Their writing was also markedly different.Read more ›
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The fact that two of my favorite modern English writers are George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh (along with Graham Greene) led me to David Lebedoff's book, The Same Man: George Orwell &... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patrick Mc Coy
I read this book on a new Kindle and wish I had had the real book in my hands. It seemed like Orwell and Waugh would have preferred it that way. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mary Leary
In The Same Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War (New York: Random House, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4000-6634-6), David Lebedoff introduces us to two writers who seem at... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jeff Minick
Lebedoff is much admired among those who welcome superb writing and scholarship. Besides reading
it myself, I've given it a half-dozen times to friends who are added their... Read more
I think this would have been a more accurate title. The major obstacle in accepting Mr. Lebedoff's hypothesis is although both were once considered literary equals Waugh can now... Read morePublished on September 30, 2010 by W. BUTLER
Other than both writers being excellent prose stylists, anti-communists and born in 1903, the idea that they are "the same man" is something that never would have occurred to... Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Frankie
While I was fascinated by much of the biographical detail in this comparative study and am entirely sympathetic to Lebedoff's critique of the intellectual elites and the pc dogma &... Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by LPG
I was intrigued by the title of this book, and interested to read the case being made for the similarities between George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh. Read morePublished on November 14, 2008 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith