The Sword of Honour Trilogy: Men at Arms, Officers and Hardcover – 7 Apr 1994
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The key selling point for this Everyman Edition is the introduction by Frank Kermode which provides a detailed insight into the life and work of Evelyn Waugh during the twenty-year period when Waugh conceived and wrote these three books. Kermode's analysis is the most revealing literary criticism of Waugh's work which I have read, and highlights the underlying themes not always obvious in Waugh's light-fingered and humourous writing.
I would also commend the 2003 Sword of Honour DVD with Daniel Craig as Guy Crouchback, which captures Waugh's ethos and the books' tragi-comedy so wonderfully. (For £10, and of course there is also the earlier 1986 Men at Arms DVD).
I left reading Frank Kermode's introduction until the end. It is up to his usual lucid standards, but left me slightly confused about some of the editorial changes which were made by Waugh later and whether the book in my hands represented Waugh's final wishes or not. Also, although Kermode praises the novels, somehow he managed to diminish them slightly for me. I should have left reading the introduction for a few weeks after reading the book.
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I have read this several times and can never get enough of Guy Crouchback or of Evelyn Waugh's exquisite prose.Published 11 months ago by Anna McMillan
This is probably my favourite series of novels - this book contains the three 'Sword Of Honour' novels. Brilliant, cynical writing. Should be a must read.Published 12 months ago by Ed
The old master at his best in the scarifying treatment of the army and missle class mores.Published 17 months ago by Mr
This is a great story, read, and I highly recommend it. It is a story about seemingly real people and brings the reader into the heart of their lives during this time.Published on 18 Aug. 2013 by dickdona