Guy Crouchback, determined to get into the war, takes a commission in the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. His spirits high, he sees all the trimmings but none of the action. And his first campaign, an abortive affair on the West African coastline, ends with an escapade which seriously blots his Halberdier copybook.
Men at Arms is the first book in Waugh’s brilliant Sword of Honour trilogy, which chronicles the fortunes of Guy Crouchback.
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Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Guy is such an easy character to follow. Although he does not go out of his way to upset anybody, disaster and folly head him off at every turn, and he doesn't even know it is happening to him. He seems to be the only sane character in this book. I loved it as it reminds me of my army days which looking back through this book now makes total sense. This book should be on every officer cadets reading list, might make them change careers before it is too late, or at least remind them that it has all happen before. Good story, great characters and Christian Rodska performance is superb. Evelyn Waugh's writing is up there with 'Brideshead Revisited'. Can not wait to read the next instalment in the series, 'Officer and Gentlemen'. Do yourself a favour and listen to this book.
An excellent book, I read many years ago. This version did not disappoint at all. Extremely well read.
"An under-rated comic masterpiece"
Although Evelyn Waugh is probably best know for "Brideshead Revisited", I think a fair claim can be made for the Sword of Honour trilogy as being his best work. It brilliantly captures the Army bureaucracy in war, and the way in which the men and women are buffeted seemingly randomly round the system, and sometimes it is laugh out loud funny, sometimes tragic, always thought provoking, and written with Waugh's wonderfully direct prose and deadpan style. Waugh's great prose style makes for an excellent audiobook, and I have to say that I was surprised how well Christian Rodska narrated the book. I had him cast as a rather serious narrator, but he more than does justice to Waugh's comedy and the vast range of characters, and is particularly good when the story takes a farcical turn bordering on the tragic in the second and third volumes.
If you have read and enjoyed "Brideshead Revisted", I am sure you would enjoy the Sword of Honour.
"Brilliant review of the lead up to WWII"
Waugh introduces us to a range of characters during the last few months of peace and the start of the war. How they come together and react to their situation is well illustrated. Some are lining their nests, some doing as little as possible. Others are genuinely preparing for and fighting the war. The chaos and uncertainty is very believable. The ground is well laid for the rest of the trilogy and makes you keen to read on. Rodska has a wide range of voices to bring the story to life. Very well read
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