Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was an English writer known for his satirical novels, including 'Brideshead Revisited' and 'A Handful of Dust'. He is considered one of the great prose stylists of the 20th century.


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  1. 1. Brideshead Revisited

    The novel is a nostalgic story about the narrator's involvement with the Flyte family, British aristocrats living in a grand mansion called Brideshead. The story explores themes of faith, love, and the decline of the British aristocracy, primarily through the narrator's relationships with the family's Catholic faith and his complicated friendship with the family's son and his love for the daughter. The novel is set in the backdrop of the time period between the two World Wars.

    The 167th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. A Handful of Dust

    Set in the 1930s, this novel explores the disintegration of the marriage of an upper-class English couple, Tony and Brenda Last. Brenda embarks on an affair with a social climber, John Beaver, leading to the demise of her marriage. After their son's tragic death, Brenda demands a divorce and a large portion of Tony's estate. Tony, heartbroken, embarks on an ill-fated expedition to the Brazilian jungle. The novel critically examines the moral decay of British aristocracy and society.

    The 533rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Scoop

    "Scoop" is a satirical novel that explores the world of journalism through the lens of an accidental war correspondent. The protagonist, a nature columnist, is mistakenly sent to cover a war in Africa due to a mix-up at a newspaper office. The book humorously depicts his struggles and mishaps as he navigates the chaotic world of war reporting, providing a critique of sensationalist journalism and the often absurd nature of international news.

    The 639th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Decline and Fall

    This novel follows the story of Paul Pennyfeather, a young man studying at Oxford University who is unfairly expelled and forced to take a job as a teacher at a chaotic school in Wales. His life takes a turn when he meets a wealthy widow and gets sucked into the high society lifestyle, only to be betrayed and sent to prison. The narrative is a satirical critique of the British class system, education, and the moral corruption of the rich.

    The 829th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Loved One

    The book is a satirical examination of the American funeral industry, set in Los Angeles. It follows the experiences of a young British poet working at a pet cemetery who becomes entangled in the superficial and bizarre practices at a funeral parlor for humans, as well as a love triangle with a cosmetician and her colleague. The narrative delves into themes of cultural clash, the commercialization of death, and the vacuity of the American way of life, all delivered with a sharp, darkly comedic edge.

    The 1516th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Vile Bodies

    "Vile Bodies" is a satirical novel that explores the lives of young, rich, and often aimless people in England during the interwar period. The narrative follows the protagonist, a struggling writer, who is engaged to be married but is constantly thwarted by lack of funds. The book is filled with eccentric characters, wild parties, and scandalous behavior, providing a humorous yet critical commentary on the moral decline of a society obsessed with wealth and status.

    The 1895th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Men At Arms

    "Men At Arms" is a satirical novel set during World War II, following the misadventures of a group of British soldiers. The story revolves around the absurdities and incompetence within the military hierarchy, as well as the clash between the old-fashioned traditions and the modern realities of war. Through dark humor and witty dialogue, the book explores themes of heroism, loyalty, and the futility of war, painting a vivid picture of the chaotic and often farcical nature of armed conflict.

    The 1895th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Put Out More Flags

    The novel is a satirical take on the early days of World War II in England, focusing on the escapades of a group of idiosyncratic characters who navigate the changing social landscape with varying degrees of opportunism, cowardice, and humor. The protagonist, a charming but irresponsible upper-class man, seeks to exploit the war for personal gain, while his circle of friends and acquaintances engage in their own forms of moral gymnastics, against a backdrop of patriotic fervor and the looming threat of invasion. The narrative weaves together themes of redemption, the absurdity of war, and the quirks of British society during a time of national crisis.

    The 2660th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Black Mischief

    The novel is a satirical work set on the fictional African island of Azania, where Basil Seal, a young and somewhat feckless Englishman, finds himself involved in the efforts of Emperor Seth to modernize his kingdom. Through a series of comedic and often absurd events, the narrative explores themes of cultural clash, the folly of colonial ambitions, and the complexities of modernization. The story is marked by its sharp wit, intricate plot, and the author's keen observation of human nature and the political landscape of the time, all while navigating the delicate balance between humor and the critique of imperialism.

    The 4169th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

    The novel follows the story of Gilbert Pinfold, a successful and respected English novelist, who begins to experience auditory hallucinations due to an adverse reaction to a mix of sleeping pills and alcohol. As his hallucinations intensify during a sea voyage to Ceylon, he becomes convinced of a complex conspiracy against him, leading him to confront passengers who he believes are part of the plot. The novel explores themes of mental health, the fragility of identity, and the line between reality and imagination.

    The 5877th Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. Officers And Gentlemen

    The novel is a satirical war drama that follows the experiences of a young British officer during World War II. As part of the fictionalized Hookforce, he is involved in the chaotic retreat from Crete after the German invasion. The narrative weaves through the absurdities and tragedies of war, exposing the disjunction between the romanticized image of military life and the often grim reality. The protagonist navigates the incompetence of command, the camaraderie among soldiers, and the personal struggles that define life on the front, all while maintaining a veneer of the gentlemanly conduct expected of officers in the British Army.

    The 5974th Greatest Book of All Time
  12. 12. Unconditional Surrender

    "Unconditional Surrender" is the third novel in a trilogy that satirically chronicles the adventures of its protagonist, a young British man, through the tumultuous years of World War II. In this final installment, the protagonist finds himself navigating the complexities of military bureaucracy, engaging in various escapades across Europe, and grappling with personal and ethical dilemmas. The narrative weaves together themes of honor, absurdity, and the search for meaning amidst the chaos of war, all while maintaining a sharp, ironic wit that critiques the societal and military structures of the time.

    The 5974th Greatest Book of All Time