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Waugh in Abyssinia (10) (Penguin Classics Waugh 10) Hardcover – 29 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. He was educated at Lancing and Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). Waugh travelled extensively and also wrote several travel books, as well as a biography of Edmund Campion and Ronald Knox. Other famous works include his Sword of Honour trilogy, and Brideshead Revisited (1945).
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In my opinion, the book is tainted with Waugh's obvious colour prejudice and dislike of the Ethiopian people rendering it of little value today (e.g. his description of Somalian women having "sooty monkey faces"). Even if it is an eye-witness account of historical events in Ethiopia, one wonders at the accuracy of the account on the basis of his ability to accept the African peoples are an 'inferior race' after spending so much time in that continent.
Reading some of the other reviews, I wonder whether we are reading the same book.
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