In decline…

23 01 2006

Book front cover

Decline and Fall (Penguin Modern Classics)
Evelyn Waugh, David Bradshaw
3 out of 5 stars

Read this one rather quickly as was feeling a degree of residual guilt for (a) really not enjoying Scoop and (b) having read hardly any Waugh (but see (a)). Anyway, I was genuinely surprised that I did quite enjoy it. It is a pretty unlikely set of scenarios and some fantastically absurd names (especially liked Lady Circumference) and scenes (delightful setting of Scone College).

But it did all feel pretty dated in a way that other period novels somehow don’t. Anyway, an amusing enough diversion but not exactly the non-stop hilarious romp promised in the blurb.




One response

24 01 2006
Casey Leaver

This is amongst my favourite books – along with Lucky Jim. And I think that the reason that I enjoyed Scoop is that I read this first.

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