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Scoop Paperback – September, 1999
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Evelyn Waugh was one of literature's great curmudgeons and a scathingly funny satirist. Scoop is a comedy of England's newspaper business of the 1930s and the story of William Boot, a innocent hick from the country who writes careful essays about the habits of the badger. Through a series of accidents and mistaken identity, Boot is hired as a war correspondent for a Fleet Street newspaper. The uncomprehending Boot is sent to the fictional African country of Ishmaelia to cover an expected revolution. Although he has no idea what he is doing and he can't understand the incomprehensible telegrams from his London editors, Boot eventually gets the big story.
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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I loved the book this read through. I'd read it in school, probably around 1964. Doubtful that I appreciated it as much as today. The very successful author of 'Me Before You,' JoJo Moyes was directly responsible for me rereading 'Scoop.' The work and its protagonist, 'Boot,' John Courteney BootScoop, to be precise, are artfully employed in Ms. Moye's earlier work, 'The Last Letter from Your Lover.'
All the references aside, 'Scoop,' was a smashing read. Try it. You won't be disappointed. It is after all a classic.
Unfortunately, the degrading language concerning our black brothers is disturbing. I considered lowering it a star because of that but have chosen not to. Although it is degrading, it accurately depicts the attitudes of the time.
Good, farciful fun.