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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903. He was educated at Lancing and Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rosetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies, Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he travelled extensively and published a number of travel books. In 1939 he was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards. He went on to write a number of other books, including Brideshead Revisited (1945) and Men at Arms (1952). Evelyn Waugh died in 1966.
This book is a classic, but the publication I received did not have the introduction by Christopher Hitchens as advertised.
Waughs insight and wit keep you smiling and reading more . This book has appeared in top 100 books ever written lists .Published on March 12 2011 by P. S. Paran
Having come to Scoop right after reading a collection of Waugh's stories and within six months of reading Brideshead Revisited, I was rather surprised by this very funny book. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by Penhoet
Waugh is one of my favorite authors and his work is consistently funny and scathing. Scoop is among his best novels. Read morePublished on April 5 2002 by Westley
Few would dispute that Waugh is a great writer with a memorable style. However, this book has a rather weak plot, and thin character development. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by Stan Eissinger
Evelyn Waugh signs, with "Scoop", quite a masterpiece in humour. He is able to create fun with the serious journalist job, giving to think about what those people are... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2001 by Fattore Daniel
This book is set just 54 years before CNN redefined the role of war correspondents during the Gulf War of 1990. Read more
During his lifetime, Waugh was seldom considered a major writer, but since then his reputation has soared, especially among rightwingers. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2001 by Amazon Customer
I was eager to read Scoop, it has great adjectives attached to it: Intriguing, ebullient, witty, etc. I did not find it to be so.
This book is in no way a classic. Read more