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The Sword of Honour Trilogy This trilogy of novels about World War II, largely based on his own experiences as an army officer, is the crowning achievement of Evelyn Waugh s career Its central character is Guy Crouchback, head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family, who at first discovers new purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism, but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war too much for him Yet, though often somber, the Sword of Honour trilogy is also a brilliant comedy, peopled by the fantastic figures so familiar from Waugh s early satires The deepest pleasures these novels afford come from observing a great satiric writer employ his gifts with extraordinary subtlety, delicacy, and human feeling, for purposes that are ultimately anything but satiric ❮BOOKS❯ ⚣ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay (Fantastic Beasts/Grindelwald) Author J.K Rowling – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk largely based on his own experiences as an army officer ❮Reading❯ ➶ I Love Spiders Author John Parker – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk is the crowning achievement of Evelyn Waugh s career Its central character is Guy Crouchback ❮BOOKS❯ ✯ We That Are Young ⚡ Author Preti Taneja – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family ➶ Krishna Free ➬ Author Shweta Taneja – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk who at first discovers new purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism [KINDLE] ✿ My Country By Melanie Dunea – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war too much for him Yet ❮Reading❯ ➸ Positively American Author Charles Schumer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk though often somber ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Best Friend to Wife and Mother? ✈ Author Caroline Anderson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the Sword of Honour trilogy is also a brilliant comedy ✰ Bright Evening Star Epub ✶ Author Madeleine L& – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk peopled by the fantastic figures so familiar from Waugh s early satires The deepest pleasures these novels afford come from observing a great satiric writer employ his gifts with extraordinary subtlety [BOOKS] ✯ Creating the Good Life ✴ James O& – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk delicacy ❴Read❵ ➪ Trupp Author Janell Cannon – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and human feeling ➳ [Reading] ➶ Brave New Knits By Julie Turjoman ➩ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk for purposes that are ultimately anything but satiric This is Evelyn Waugh s final edited version of the Sword of Honour trilogy If you re interested in reading the trilogy, you really should read this version, as the book is really one long, continuous story with the same characters throughout, and some apparently tedious passages have been edited out Highly recommended by me as well. Many literary careers are doomed to go on slightly longer than they should, and to outlive the author s original engrossing talent.So concludes Christopher Hitchens, in a 2003 Atlantic article, Evelyn Waugh The Permanent Adolescent , reprinted in his collection of essays, Arguably Actually, the sentence is the first of his concluding paragraph, which goes onWaugh himself lived to lament the Second Vatican Council and to deplore the abolition of the Latin Mass which meant that he became not Many literary careers are doomed to go on slightly longer than they should, and to outlive the author s original engrossing talent.So concludes Christopher Hitchens, in a 2003 Atlantic article, Evelyn Waugh The Permanent Adolescent , reprinted in his collection of essays, Arguably Actually, the sentence is the first of his concluding paragraph, which goes onWaugh himself lived to lament the Second Vatican Council and to deplore the abolition of the Latin Mass which meant that he became notCatholic than the Pope butcurmudgeonly than his own confessors andconservative than the Church itself This has the accidentally beautiful result of making Sword of Honour into a literary memorial not just for a lost world but for a lost faith In Catholic doctrine one is supposed to hate the sin and love the sinner This can be a distinction without a difference if the sin is to be something a Jew, a homosexual, even a divorcee rather than to do something Non Christian charity requires, however, that one forgive Waugh precisely because it was his innate as well as his adopted vices that made him a king of comedy and of tragedy for almost three decades.Hitchens lays the ground for this conclusion by pointing out that Guy Crouchback, the protagonist of the trilogy, has to be taken as a stand in for Waugh himself, since he s given the same day, month and year of birth as was the author s And he expresses views about things that happened in the areas of Europe to which Waugh was posted during WW II that, when I read the book, I assumed to be ironic in the extreme, but perhaps actually reflected the author s own thinking For example, Hitchens quotes from Waugh s private journal The Russians now propose a partition of East Prussia It is a fact that now the Germans represent Europe against the world and continues, The long and didactic closing stages of Sword of Honour are amazingly blatant in the utterance they give to this rather unutterable thought Guy Crouchback regards the Yugoslav partisans as mere ciphers for Stalin, sympathizes with the local Fascists, and admires the discipline of the German occupiers We know from many published memoirs that Waugh himself was eventually removed from this theater of operations for precisely that sort of insubordination neverthelessto segue into my original thoughts on the trilogy I enjoyed the novels tremendously Many laugh out loud moments, but there s a serious story here too and yes, it is somewhat somber as it says on the dust jacket Very unusually for me, once I started reading the trilogy I read nothing else until finishing the whole thing 700 pages later I have the Everyman s Library edition, which is a really first class book I read the introduction by Frank Kermode after the novels, found it very interesting It s largely about the Catholic aristocracy of which Waugh was a converted member There s a real nice one page bibliography of books about Waugh, and a very cool Chronology 14 pages long of the events in Waugh s life, which places them in two different contexts Literary and Historical Events.Just writing this short review less than three years after reading the book makes me want to read them again I guess that s a good recommendation it would be hard to reread without taking Hitchens thoughts into account, however Previous review The ConquestNext review Cinderella Man the story of the boxer James BraddockNewer review Down on the Farm gentle humor from the Minnesota northwestPrevious library review The Hobbit There and Back Again TolkienNext library review The Once and Future King T.H White 1 Men At Arms 3 This first part of what was originally a trilogy was quite uneven for me Guy Crouchback is a well intentioned though ineffective man who, in his late 30s, joins the army to do his bit The opening section in training is the funniest with the farcical episode of Apthorpe and his thunder box being especially hilarious But there are long sections where Guy is shunted around aimlessly or himself goes off on a quest to locate the owner of a legacy for which he has taken respo 1 Men At Arms 3 This first part of what was originally a trilogy was quite uneven for me Guy Crouchback is a well intentioned though ineffective man who, in his late 30s, joins the army to do his bit The opening section in training is the funniest with the farcical episode of Apthorpe and his thunder box being especially hilarious But there are long sections where Guy is shunted around aimlessly or himself goes off on a quest to locate the owner of a legacy for which he has taken responsibility which are dull.The bureaucracy and confusion of a national military force being mobilised is conveyed, but there s also an old fashioned sense of the army being led by old buffers who inhabit privileged clubs in Piccadilly which perhaps gives a skewed view of the British war effort the officers who see Dunkirk as running away , for example There s a typically Waughesian episode on the Isle of Mugg which lifts things towards the end, but I m finding this looser and less sharp than I expected 3 stars for this first volume.2 Officers and Gentlemen 3 In this second part, Guy manages to both take an active part in the war, and to gain some warmth from me His concern for a dead man on Crete finally made him come to life as a person and not just a PoV character there to offer up a detached observation on the war and a filter for Waugh s own views His joy at being greeted with welcome by his old Halberdier company and his ability to remember the name of at least one man serving under him helped And the description of the chaotic retreat from Crete is well done, though it s quite opaque as to what happens while Guy is delirious With Virginia back on the scene I thought this book had turned around for me until the German invasion of Russia happens in the background and Guy s reaction turned me against him all over againtwo years before when he read of the Russo German alliance, when a decade of shame seemed to be ending in light and reason, when the Enemy was plain in view, huge and hateful, all disguise cast off now that hallucination was dissolved and he was back in the old ambiguous world and his country was led blundering into dishonour To write off the deaths of 20m Russians in the struggle against Hitler as a British alliance of dishonour seems extraordinary to me For all the fine writing, the humour, the tragedy and pathos, fundamentally I just can t get on with Waugh s reactionary political views which are on full display here He despises the Russians, the Americans who are arriving in London, anyone working or middle class, anything that speaks to a sweeping away of old and entrenched social hierarchies and aristocratic values, and quite a few women I can t share Waugh s politics or misanthropy but I m interested enough to finish the trilogy.3 Unconditional Surrender 2 This third and final part went downhill for me as it becomes increasingly episodic and picaresque Yet again Guy is hanging around London looking for a job, yet again he bumbles through his training and injures his knee yep, again Things pick up when he gets sent to Yugoslavia to liaise with communist partisans fighting fascism and we have another of those brief moments, like the one in Crete, where Guy actually comes to life and shows some compassion for the Jewish refugees with whom he s confronted But that s soon over For someone who s supposedly concerned with his Catholic spiritual welfare, I find Guy remarkably emotionally cold and uncaring view spoiler Virginia has been killed Peregrine too The news did not affect Guy greatly hide spoiler Overall, then, this has been an interesting read for me as I found myself not agreeing with the general plaudits this book receives The writing is often sharp and the bitter satire can work wonderfully but I would guess I m too far out of tune with Waugh s own essentially conservative and reactionary politics that inform this book his snobbish despair of the modern world, and his desire to get back to some kind of civilised aristocratic and feudal past is all theheinous since it never was his his own solidly middle class, Golders Green background actually makes him one of the new men that his books so despise It s remarkable, too, that there s very little sense of fighting against anything indeed, Crouchback is fargalvanised against the Russians than against Hitler or the Nazis, and there s a sneaking suspicion when he s in Yugoslavia that he simpressed with the organised German war effort than the necessarilymessy activities of Tito s partisans Some wars, as so many reviews state, may well be meaningless and unnecessary I m just not sure that WW2 was one of them So, a challenging book for me In places Waugh s writing is sublime, his farcical scenes can be hilarious the thunderbox , and his characterisation memorable But, for all that, this just isn t a book which speaks to me I find Guy Crouchback opaque, at best, and Waugh s politics reprehensible Evelyn Waugh did not have a good war as a soldier however he was able to transmute his uncomfortable personal experience into something wonderful Through Guy Crouchback, the detached observer and would be knight, who mistakenly believes his private honour will be satisfied by war, Evelyn Waugh perfectly captures the bureaucracy, pettiness, absurdity, humour, and confusion of war It all rings true with numerous little details that make this book so satisfying It s everything that great liter Evelyn Waugh did not have a good war as a soldier however he was able to transmute his uncomfortable personal experience into something wonderful Through Guy Crouchback, the detached observer and would be knight, who mistakenly believes his private honour will be satisfied by war, Evelyn Waugh perfectly captures the bureaucracy, pettiness, absurdity, humour, and confusion of war It all rings true with numerous little details that make this book so satisfying It s everything that great literature should be beautifully written, evocative, poignant, funny, tragic and profound I wonder how many of the great characters are also based on real people I really want Jumbo Trotter, Apthorpe, Ludovic, Box Bender, Trimmer, Virginia, Peregrine, and of course Brigadier Ritchie Hook to be real characters, as I do, the denizens of Bellamy s club.In April 2013, I finally read Brideshead Revisited and was captivated from start to finish You probably don t need me to tell you it s a masterpiece Before embarking on Sword of Honour, I would never have believed that Evelyn Waugh could have written two masterpieces He has Brideshead Revisited and Sword of Honour That s in addition to all the other wonderful fiction and non fiction Epic and extraordinary You really should read Sword of Honour A wonderful book.5 5NOTE ABOUT DIFFERENT EDITIONS Sword of Honour was originally published as three separate volumes Men At Arms 1952 , Officers and Gentlemen 1955 , and Unconditional Surrender 1961 , however Waugh extensively revised these books to create a one volume version Sword of Honour in 1965, and it is this version that Waugh wanted people to read The Penguin Classics version of Sword of Honour , contains numerous informative and interesting footnotes and an introduction by Angus Calder, each time Waugh changed the text there is also a note Most of sections that Waugh changed or removed was with a view to ensuring that his hero Guy Crouchback is perceived asworldly and experienced than was the case in the original version of the books I can see why Waugh would choose to change the emphasis in this way and I think it makes the overall narrativeconvincing and effective

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