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The End of the Battle Paperback – March 30, 1979
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About the Author
Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), whom Time called "one of the century's great masters of English prose," wrote several widely acclaimed novels as well as volumes of biography, memoir, travel writing, and journalism. Three of his novels, A Handful of Dust, Scoop, and Brideshead Revisited, were selected by the Modern Library as among the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.
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The characters are terrific and how they are worked into the tapestry of the story is magnificent.
Each one is a unique human being and all of them, in their own way, are square pegs in round holes at odds with the world and the society that they live in and the circumstances that have been thrust upon them: either adept at exploiting the system for their own ends, or, victims of these circumstances, or, those with whom they share these same circumstances.
i found myself laughing out loud not only at the descriptions of events, but also tickled pink by Waugh's dialogue.
Waugh made his name before WWII, but his experiences in the war and the madness of army life in the UK, Africa, M.E. and especially the Balkans allowed him to give artistic expression to his bile.
The spiritual, ideological and social issues are not overlooked.
If you don't know Waugh read this. if you do know Waugh, read it again and again.
The explanatory Notes by Angus Calder are contemptible. Calder has missed (or was unable to explain) some long-time errors. e.g. that Apthorpe was proficient in 'Morse', and therefore challenged the signallers to a contest using flags. But signaling with flags is called 'semaphore'. Calder does not explain why Guy mumbles instead of saying 'Here's how' at the Marine Hotel, and this is an exquisite Mitford touch some modern readers will miss. On the other hand, Calder is eager to point out anachronisms, a humourless exercise which ignores the novelist's privilege of rearranging events for dramatic effect. Waugh's 'Sword of Honour' trilogy is fiction drawing heavily on fact, but it is neither autobiography nor history, and Waugh never claimed it was either.
Apart from 'explaining' many matters which should be common knowledge, Calder also tells us that Ruskin was a 'racist', that a certain popular soldier's song was 'inane', styles a further song 'truly awful', and asserts that the Kenya farming community where Guy and Virginia once lived was 'lush and sordid' and this would have much suited Virginia. These are matters of opinion, and snotty fashionable opinion what's more, and I for one am uninterested in Mr Calder's telling me what I ought to think and feel about the people, the places, and the period of which Waugh wrote. What Mr Waugh chose to say suffices.
Read the three fine Waugh originals rather than this unhappy compilation. Enjoy them free of tampering by both Waugh, and any pompous contemporary commentator.
His tour of duty during the Second World War gave him a lot to write about.
He came from a deeply religious background so go out fighting a War must have been difficult.
This book contains the whole series. The characters is very much alive!
So I got a lot out of this book from beginning to end.