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Not among Waugh's better novels
on 19 September 2017
I was very taken with this novel when I first read it over 50 years ago. But it didn't really stand well to a re-read. It's interesting to compare Wauh's style here with that of his first novel - Decline and Fall, which is a real 5 star classic and stands the test of time. Black Mischief comes after several years of Waugh's journalism - much of it in Africa, I think - and seems unpolished. Inferior also to his novel Scoop, also set largely in Africa.