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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (794 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Michael Maloney Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Upper-class scoundrel Basil Seal, mad, bad, and dangerous to know, creates havoc wherever he goes, much to the despair of the three women in his life—his sister, his mother, and his mistress. When Neville Chamberlain declares war on Germany, it seems the perfect opportunity for more action and adventure. So Basil follows the call to arms and sets forth to enjoy his finest hour—as a war hero. Basil’s instincts for self-preservation come to the fore as he insinuates himself into the Ministry of Information and a little-known section of Military Security. With Europe frozen in the “phoney war,” when will Basil’s big chance to fight finally arrive?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Starts out as a wicked satire in the well- known Waugh manner and ends up as a morality play. Clever as always.”

    New York Times

  • “The best record I have read of England in the first year of the Second War. In it, at the very height of his powers, Waugh somehow fuses the savage, deadly comedy of his earlier books with the ominous seriousness of his later ones. The abrupt and arbitrary rises and falls in his earlier characters’ fortunes recur in Put Out More Flags, but here they are seen not as the operation of the author’s whim but as a logical—or illogical—consequence of the war.”

    The Atlantic

  • “There is almost an Evelyn Waugh cult—and his admirers will thoroughly enjoy this witty, malicious story of the patriot who didn’t go—and didn’t give—and sometimes profited…Acidulous, amusing, nonsensical story of the war in reverse. Nobody but Evelyn Waugh could get away with it (and he doesn’t always).”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by laura | 2/19/2014

    " i left this book on the train today, with 50 pages to go. so have i read it? mostly. will i finish it? not until fate sends another used copy my way, but i read enough to look forward to reading more of evelyn waugh: measured and urbane, with a knack for sparkling dialogue-- and it all feels surprisingly hip and ridiculously relevant given that it's a book written in the late 40s about late 30s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Justin Evans | 2/14/2014

    " Second tier Waugh: not quite with Brideshead and Sword of Honour, but the equal of Vile Bodies, and very much like the latter. Not much narrative really, but an extraordinary portrait of human foibles, tinged with melancholy. I don't think anyone does that better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elissa Hoole | 2/5/2014

    " This is the first Waugh book I've read, and I really enjoyed it. It was bitingly humorous, and the characters were engaging. My favorite character was Angela Lyne--drinking alone, waiting for Basil Seal to die. I liked this satirical look at Britain in the year preceding World War II, and I'll certainly read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura McNeal | 2/2/2014

    " Droll comedy that veers effortlessly into pathos and back to comedy again. I'm starting to think that Waugh never wrote a dull sentence. "

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About the Author
Author Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966) was born October 28, 1903 in London, England. After short periods as an art student and schoolmaster, he devoted himself to travel and to the writing of novels. His novels are unusually highly wrought and precisely written. Those written before 1939 may be described as satirical. During World War II his writing took a more serious and ambitious turn. Waugh also wrote travel books.