Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh Reviews
Description:ISBN 0141187484 / Author: Evelyn Waugh / Genre: Classic Literature
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by - written on 10/12/04, updated on 07/01/05 (Very useful, 808 readings)
‘Decline and Fall’ was Evelyn Waugh’s first published novel. First published in 1928, its humour and satire seem a little dated now – though such arguments can be levelled at almost any book published that long ago. The hero of the tale is Paul Pennyfeather, an undergraduate studying theology at Oxford. Unfortunately he is set on by members of the Bollinger Club, a bunch of hooray Henrys who set on him, remove his clothes and force him to run naked around the university campus. Expelled for indecent behaviour, he decides the only possible job open to him is that of a schoolmaster. He is offered a post at Llanabba Castle School, Wales, a ... Read the complete review
by - written on 19/09/00, updated on 19/09/00 (Very useful, 229 readings)
Paul Pennyfeather is railroaded by ill fortune into teaching. He was sent down from his university for being a troublemaker, which basically involved him being beaten up for wearing what a few fellow students mistook for the wrong tie. Not upper class, Paul's only option seemed to be teaching. The school he goes to is stocked full of the oddest faculty and the strangest children. Parents bully, headmasters order, children manipulate, and the immortal teacher Grimes is always 'in the soup'. Waugh's wit is at its finest here. The ludicrous situations he creates beg for cutting dialogue, and he delivers this with aplomb. I don't ... Read the complete review
by - written on 26/08/00, updated on 04/11/00 (Very useful, 222 readings)
If Waugh had died after completing Decline and Fall, just as if Swinburne had died after completing Atalanta in Calydon or Poems & Ballads (First Series), his reputation in English literature would still be secure, I think. Swinburne's reputation in fact would be higher and though Waugh's wouldn't - he never reduced the impact of his early genius with much hack-work in old age - Decline & Fall remains an astonishing achievement not just as a first novel but as a novel full stop. Though to be strictly accurate it wasn't a first novel: that honor had gone to The Temple at Thatch, “about madness and magic”, which Waugh burnt in ... Read the complete review
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