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.
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