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John Courteney Boot is a rising young British novelist, but after an affair gone sour he wants to get out of England for awhile. He approaches the well-connected Mrs. Algernon Stitch for assistance & she in turn recommends to Lord Copper, publisher of the Beast newspaper, that he send Boot to cover the war in Ishmaelia, Africa. Copper in turn orders Mr. Salter, his Foreign Editor, to get Boot and in short order a series of mix-ups leads to the Beast sending William Boot, their nature columnist and a man who loathes leaving his ancestral home, Boot Magna Hall, to Africa. In Ishmaelia, Boot stumbles into a couple of scoops and returns home a hero, "Boot of the Beast".
Evelyn Waugh is one of the great satirists of the century and he has never been funnier than he is here, skewering the Press.
GRADE: B+
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ohn Courteney Boot is a rising young British novelist, but after an affair gone sour he wants to get out of England for awhile. He approaches the well-connected Mrs. Algernon Stitch for assistance & she in turn recommends to Lord Copper, publisher of the Beast newspaper, that he send Boot to cover the war in Ishmaelia, Africa. Copper in turn orders Mr. Salter, his Foreign Editor, to get Boot and in short order a series of mix-ups leads to the Beast sending William Boot, their nature columnist and a man who loathes leaving his ancestral home, Boot Magna Hall, to Africa. In Ishmaelia, Boot stumbles into a couple of scoops and returns home a hero, "Boot of the Beast".
Evelyn Waugh is one of the great satirists of the century and he has never been funnier than he is here, skewering the Press.
GRADE: B+
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on August 25, 2002
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. It is nothing like Brideshead in that regard, much lighter in tone and content, and a quicker read. Compared to Charles Ryder's Schooldays, a collection of short stories from the '30s, it instilled a renewed belief in Waugh's literary powers in this reader. This is a novel revolving around mistaken identity and a failed revolution in an obscure African nation. Into this plot are thrown a number of colourful characters and hilarious situations that make for a completely enjoyable read. Don't expect anything deep here; this is more along the lines of a literary confection but one of high quality.
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on August 24, 2001
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... Good to show that a person that does not know about a topic may be able to write about it, like one of the characters! Realist work, with a well-built plot - a good reading moment. Even the colonial gimmicks and allusions to the European totalitary regimes of the first half of XXth century are present... represented in a totally ironical way.
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on December 26, 1999
Funny as hades. If you know anything about the newspaper business, yellow journalism, or even if you know nothing at all you'll love this book. Waugh pokes fun at everything from imperialism to the British upperclass in this satire of early 20th century journalism. A London newspaper mistakenly sends a garden columnist to cover a foreign war and the series of screwups that follows result in the story of his career. I highly recommend this one to anyone who likes a nice, light, and intelligent laugh.
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on October 22, 2000
This is not Waugh doing Waugh so much as it is Waugh doing Wodehouse (the Jeeves the Butler author). Shows you what Waugh is like when he's actually nice to his characters. Chirpingly silly, this one was written for the masses, not for Those Who Understand - this ain't no "Brideshead." But it's still devilishly clever and entertaining - "B" Waugh perhaps, but still better than the "A" work of a lot of other authors.
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on January 20, 1999
I didn't know what to expect when I began Scoop, but I very much enjoyed the book! This book gives a funny insight to the news business back when cell phones and satellite feeds were non-existent. This is a classic tale of mistaken identity!
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on July 18, 1999
This is one of those book that you can't put down. Evelyn Waugh is one of the great writers of all time. His way with word is truly brilliant. This book is a must read and a must buy.
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on March 12, 2011
Waughs insight and wit keep you smiling and reading more . This book has appeared in top 100 books ever written lists .
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