Decline and Fall
Publish date: February 23rd 1993
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
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, English Literature
After walking into to a prank by some good ol' boys, Paul Pennyfeather is sent down from Scone College for 'indecent behavior', a blow that he takes without too much fuss. His guardian denies him his allowance and he is sent off to teach at a public school far enough down the ladder to not inquire t...
A picaresque novel in the tradition of Lazarillo de Tormes, etc, only in 20th century England. Completely absurd, and funny, and even more absurd.**spoilers below!**Paul Pennyfeather is expelled from his college (I think--this novel would be much more enjoyable for someone who understands the Englis...
As much as I liked Vile Bodies, Waugh's other books just leave me cold. There is wit, and then there is spite. Waugh just somehow doesn't seem to be able to rise above the latter. Yes, there are some fine caricatures, but what spoils them is that Waugh tries too hard at times and comes across a...
Much of the satire/humor in this book was lost on me. I guess I do not know enough about the society in which it was written. That being said, I still really enjoyed the plot and the characters and the little humor I did understand. Also I found myself reading this book out loud to myself in bad Bri...
bookshelves: re-read, spring-2010, satire, published-1928, play-dramatisation, fraudio, amusing Recommended for: BBC7 listeners Read from May 17 to 22, 2010, read count: 2 ** spoiler alert ** Evelyn Waugh's Paul Pennyfeather who, expelled from Oxford, is forced to rethink his life. Stars Andrew S...