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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 56 minutes
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- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: CSA Word
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Dec. 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQDF9C
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However, unlike Wodehouse, Waugh was always about more than knockabout comedy and he ably makes some serious points about the changes fast occurring in England between the wars. Perhaps the most powerful impression he conveys is that of the powerlessness of his main character Pennyfeather. All manner of malign influences come to bear on his life at one time or another and he seems incapable of doing anything about them. He drifts from the aristocratic buffoons at Oxford to the pseudo-scholarliness of the pubic school headmaster to the self-serving cruelty of a wealthy woman to the ludicrous pseudo-psychology of a prison warden. He is indeed a feather, blown helplessly from one powerful person to another.
A wonderful book and a great starting point for anyone wanting to get to know one of England's finest writers a little better.
Young man Pennyfeather is expelled from Oxford due, through no fault of his own, to indecent behaviour. He becomes schoolmaster at a school in Wales which, frankly, is not very good. He falls in love, and the rest of the plot is for you to find out.
I can tell you, however, that in this book Waugh covers so diverse subjects as prisons, religion, education, architecture (at this point, one might rightly wonder if it's Bentham I'm reviewing instead of Waugh, but no!), glamour, greed, insanity, worldwide cooperation, Welsh music, teenage boys and alcohol. And even if you like or dislike some, or most of these things, Waugh makes them seem so absurd that you can't help but smile at his descriptions of everyday life in those very specific circles.
Go on and read it - it's cheap, it's a classic and it is one of the most entertaining and clever books I've ever read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thoroughly entertaining read. I'm not sure anyone would want to publish it these days. The plot is rather complicated and the main character is beyond dim, but some real laugh... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve
I'd reached middle age without ever reading any Evelyn Waugh, but couldn't help noticing that his name kept coming up whenever learned people talked about their literary influences... Read morePublished 6 months ago by K. Symes
This is a short book (216 pages in the Penguin edition I own) but every word matters. It is a cutting satire on the upper classes and their life of privilege. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anne
Wonderfully comedic book with excellent observations of the middle classes. One of those books that I look forward to re-reading again in the near future.Published 8 months ago by James