In Scoop, surreptitiously dubbed "a newspaper adventure", Waugh flays Fleet Street and the social pastimes of its war correspondants as he tells how William Boot became the star of British super-journalism and how, leaving part of his shirt in the claws of the lovely Katchen, he returned from Ishmaelia to London as the "Daily's Beast's" more accoladed overseas reporter.
©1966 Evelyn Waugh (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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Scoop is a well written and humorous novel which is quite enjoyable, but is not sublime. The prose are excellent, and the humor wry, but in the end, truly great humorous novels must have poignancy to transcend. This is great writing and kept me entertained until the end, and there are moments of exceptional writing, yet it did not wow me. Perhaps at the time this was written the novel’s humor challenged society more than it seems in retrospect.
The narration was excellent, expressing the subtle humor beautifully.
I enjoyed this book, but certainly don’t plan to read it again.
I am a New York musician, a New York native, and a passionate reader of fiction. Audible is helping me fill in some serious literary gaps.
"Scoop" reads like P. G. Wodehouse with severe indigestion. Waugh is an expert writer but I found the story somewhat irritating, a fish-out-of-water saga without enough humanity to keep me engaged. The reader is a fine, nuanced actor. He reads a bit too quickly, perhaps making the book seem more trivial than it might otherwise. Based in "Scoop," I'm not tempted to explore more early Waugh.
Yes. It's a favorite story of mine and told even better as an audiobook in a way that brings all the characters to life.
Easy to listen to Simon Cadell's voice and the characters were differentiated well.
Yes, but basically finished it in two days!
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