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4.0 out of 5 stars Cleverness Goes a Long Way, 24 Oct. 2008
This review is from: The Sword of Honour Trilogy: Men at Arms, Officers and (Hardcover)
Though Waugh's political ideas are quite different from mine, though his description of Italy and Italians is rather shallow and oversimplified (he's an Englishman after all), though his narrative technique is rather conventional--this is one of the best novels about W.W.II and one of the best novels on 20th-Century Britain. Waugh was evidently a clever man, who had brilliant insights on the changes which were taking place in his country and the world. And he was armed with a devastating sense of humour, which never fails him, even in the direst moments of his long and intricate tale. All in all, one of the great narratives of the Second World War, and a brilliant novelistic achievement. (Let me add that Waugh's cleverness can be appreciated in his description of the Jugoslavian partisans: while reading that part of Unconditional Surrender, I kept telling me "No wonder Jugoslavia blew up in the end"... most of what happened from 1991 to 1999 was already there...)
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