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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: December 2012 ISBN: 9781619693906
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Chandler | 2/1/2014

    " I bogged down in The Waves; I bogged down in The House of Mirth (obviously Miss Bart is headed for no good end and I don't have the heart for it), and I didn't even want to try re-reading Light in August, so I picked up this Waugh novel. It also was lying around my bedroom. It was not as earnest as Woolf or Wharton or Faulkner, but I think Wharton or Faulkner might have been cheerier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/23/2014

    " This novel is almost fantastic. Most of the characters are vibrant and eccentric (my favourite type of character!), the dry and scathing wit is a pleasure to read, and the prose is occasionally shocking in its beauty. However, I feel as though Evelyn Waugh didn't quite finish Put Out More Flags... as if the novel has yet to be reviewed and edited by its author. I found the ending unsatisfactorily inconclusive, with many of the complex threads that Mr Waugh had woven throughout the novel left only partly tied. At times the story lags, boring me a little, but the potential is there; I believe that Mr Waugh must have been a great writer, but that he did not make full use of his talent when writing this novel. Overall, my favourite component of Put Out More Flags is the characters, especially the ridiculous poets, Parsnip and Pimpernell; the wonderfully cynical Ambrose Silk, and the hipster set of youthful and artistic pro-communists (who remind me very much of some people I know). I am sure that I shall read more of Evelyn Waugh, but perhaps this was not the best place to start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 1/23/2014

    " I love evelyn waugh...this is one of the best... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/22/2014

    " one of those funny and bittersweet books that seems like the perfect portrait of a group of people at a particular moment in history, or that just too much PBS talking? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/20/2014

    " I love everything Evelyn Waugh wrote and this book is surely one of his best. I also found it interesting to read a book about WWII written while the war was still going on. As with all of his books, this is witty and funny and serious and sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greyeyedminerva | 12/31/2013

    " A look at how communist intellectuals and the upper crust handle the outbreak of WWII. Hilarious yet serious, as good satire should be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 12/19/2013

    " Supposed to be funny - I just didn't get it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 12/13/2013

    " Humor and sorrow as WWII breaks out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 12/6/2013

    " One of the most neglected pieces of satire in the 20th century. This book is hilarious and cringe-inducing, often at the same time. The writing and the structure are perfect: Waugh at his satiric best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 11/29/2013

    " Preferred Brideshead Revisited and The Loved One. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Knudsen | 11/12/2013

    " Oh, Basil Seal, what will you get up to next... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 10/11/2013

    " As good as Catch-22... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 8/27/2013

    " This is the first Waugh book I've read. I'm not sure what the hubbub is about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Smith | 7/5/2013

    " If Waugh wrote it - read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D | 5/14/2013

    " Hilarious. Bought it for 1 EURO, read it in 1 day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhi | 4/14/2013

    " A fairly damning account of the upper-crust in England as they get all dressed up to go out to fight WWII. Not nearly as funny as "Scoop". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 2/7/2013

    " I suspect Basil Seal and Bertie Wooster are two versions of the same person. Bertie is the one that shows up in stories for polite company; Basil is the one that shows up in court transcripts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 1/1/2013

    " Quite good but not my favorite. "

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