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The Sword of Honour Trilogy

New purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war too much for him Yet though often somber the Sword of Honour trilogy is also a brilliant comedy peopled by the fantas. There is something fundamentally wrong with these books referred to here as SOH so I don t have to keep misspelling honour over and over and I am not sure I can say exactly what that is but I felt somewhat soiled after reading them But this book I will also refer to it in the singular despite it being a trilogy for simplicity s sake is not early funny Waugh but deep dark Catholic Waugh so the laughs are gone now replaced by a tedious and desperate kind of spiritualityThe black heart of it all might come from its bent Catholicism I say this since the book is I think supposed to be primarily about religion redemption etc etc The protagonist Gu

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Tic figures so familiar from Waugh's early satires The deepest pleasures these novels afford come from observing a great satiric writer employ his gifts with extraordinary subtlety delicacy and human feeling for purposes that are ultimately anything but satiri. In my opinion the masterwork of 20th century English fiction Brideshead lent itself to million dollar TV adaptation but the books Men At Arms Officers And Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender are almost too good for TV or screen There was a fine and now lost TV version in the 60s with Edward Woodward as Crouchback and host of character actors including Ronald Fraser as Apthorpe playing the supporting parts and an all too brief 2001 version for TV with Daniel craig as Crouchback The nuances the subtleties the acute observations of English social niceties and the bitterness that unites and divides us are almost impossible to portray on screen I

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This trilogy of novels about World War II largely based on his own experiences as an army officer is the crowning achievement of Evelyn Waugh's career Its central character is Guy Crouchback head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family who at first discovers. Evelyn Waugh did not have a good war as a soldier however he was able to transmute his uncomfortable personal experience into something wonderful Through Guy Crouchback the detached observer and would be knight who mistakenly believes his private honour will be satisfied by war Evelyn Waugh perfectly captures the bureaucracy pettiness absurdity humour and confusion of war It all rings true with numerous little details that make this book so satisfying It s everything that great literature should be beautifully written evocative poignant funny tragic and profound I wonder how many of the great characters are also based on real people I really want Jumb


About the Author: Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh's father Arthur was a noted editor and publisher His only sibling Alec also became a writer of note In fact his book “The Loom of Youth” 1917 a novel about his old boarding school Sherborne caused Evelyn to be expelled from there and placed at Lancing College He said of his time there “the whole of English education when I was brought up was to produce prose writers; it was al



10 thoughts on “The Sword of Honour Trilogy

  1. says:

    Many literary careers are doomed to go on slightly longer than they should and to outlive the author's original engrossing talentSo concludes Christopher Hitchens in a 2003 Atlantic article Evelyn Waugh The Permanent Adolescent reprinted in

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    1 Men At Arms 3This first part of what was originally a trilogy was uite uneven for me Guy Crouchback is a well intentioned though ineffective

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    Evelyn Waugh did not have a good war as a soldier however he was able to transmute his uncomfortable personal experience into something wonderful Through Guy Crouchback the detached observer and would be knight who mistakenly believes his private honour will be satisfied by war Evelyn Waugh perfectly captures the bureaucracy pettiness absurdity humour and confusion of war It all rings true with numerous little details that make this book

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    Men at Arms Part 1 of Sword of HonourWhat fun a bit like a cross between MASH PG Wodehouse and BridesheadAn upper class British Catholic divorcé leaves his home in Italy at the start of WW2 to try to join the army and eventually succeedsThe s

  5. says:

    There is something fundamentally wrong with these books referred to here as SOH so I don’t have to keep misspelling “honour” over and over and I am not sure I can say exactly what that is but I felt somewhat soiled af

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    Waugh's Final WordsEssentially this is Waugh's swansong three novels about the adventures of his uasi autobiographical hero Guy Crouchback in the Second World War gathered together by him and edited into a single volume at the end of his life This is a compendium of my separate reviews of the individual volumes as I read them followed by a brief consideration of the Trilogy as a whole Men at Arms 1952 suggeste

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    The dystopian and satirical world of and unprepared England World War IIIf this were just a review of the ineffective jaundiced sarcastic snobbish effete England portrayed by Evelyn Waugh throughout the Sword of Honor Trilogy this would be a 4 star review It is depressing when it is not negative when it seems t

  8. says:

    An immensely entertaining and thought provoking account of one man's experience in WWII Despite Guy Crouchback's thinly veiled fictional version of Evelyn Waugh best efforts to do his part to he is destined to always be on the periph

  9. says:

    In my opinion the masterwork of 20th century English fiction 'Brideshead' lent itself to million dollar TV adaptation but t

  10. says:

    This is Evelyn Waugh's final edited version of the Sword of Honour trilogy If you're interested in reading the trilogy you really should read t

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