Waugh in Abyssinia

Scoop, Evelyn Waugh s bestselling comedy of England s newspaper business of the 1930s is the closest thing foreign correspondents have to a bible they swear by it But few readers are acquainted with Waugh s memoir of his stint as a London Daily Mail correspondent in Abyssinia now Ethiopia during the Italian invasion in the 1930s Waugh in Abyssinia is an entertaining aScoop, Evelyn Waugh s bestselling comedy of England s newspaper business of the 1930s is the closest thing foreign correspondents have to a bible they swear by it But few readers are acquainted with Waugh s memoir of his stint as a London Daily Mail correspondent in Abyssinia now Ethiopia during the Italian invasion in the 1930s Waugh in Abyssinia is an entertaining account by a cantankerous and unenthusiastic war reporter that provides a fascinating short history of Mussolini s imperial adventure as well as a wickedly witty preview of the characters and follies that figure into Waugh s famous satire In the forward, veteran foreign correspondent John Maxwell Hamilton explores in how Waugh ended up in Abyssinia, which real life events were fictionalized in Scoop, and how this memoir fits into Waugh s overall literary career, which includes the classic Brideshead Revisited As Hamilton explains, Waugh was the right man a misfit , in the right place a largely unknown country that lent itself to farcical imagination , at the right time when the correspondents themselves were interesting than the scraps of news they could get The result, Waugh in Abyssinia, is a memoir like no other.
Waugh in Abyssinia Scoop Evelyn Waugh s bestselling comedy of England s newspaper business of the s is the closest thing foreign correspondents have to a bible they swear by it But few readers are acquainted with W

  • Title: Waugh in Abyssinia
  • Author: Evelyn Waugh John Maxwell Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780807132517
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Waugh in Abyssinia”

    1. Pur redatto nel 1936, questo reportage non risente in alcun modo del tempo: è vivo di attualità, dinamico, divertente e chiaro al punto da suscitare interesse su un argomento lontano dall'oggi (e - all'occorrenza - solitamente liquidato con stereotipi). Scritto e tradotto mirabilmente. La fluidità della lettura è, spesso, puro piacere percettivo grazie alla linearità dei concetti, alla loro chiarezza e alla sottile ironia anglosassone di cui tutto lo scritto è pervaso. Puro giornalismo d'a [...]

    2. At times a hilarious memoir of Waugh's experiences during the 1936 Italian invasion of Abyssinia, reminiscent of his satirical novels based on his experiences in East Africa as a journalist some years earlier in "Scoop" and "Black Mischief", two of my favorite novels of all time.Life unfortunately is not black and white, but shades of gray, which Waugh illustrated by being fairly sympathetic to the Italians. Waugh observes the corruption and primitiveness of the country at that time and contrast [...]

    3. Waugh's account of the Italian invasion of Ethiopia - one in a string of international incidents, all frustratingly preventable in hindsight, which helped advantageously shape geopolitics in favour of Nazi Germany in the lead up to WWII. Anyone familiar with Waugh's excellent novel, 'Scoop', will be able to predict the tenor and outcome of the events which follow: much hysteria, much hypocrisy, much ado about nothing; pervading all the dull lethargy of native bureaucracy. Likewise, they will kno [...]

    4. Waugh's fluid and exceptional writing is always a guarantee of rapid page-turning even when his commentary is with the benefit of hindsight somewhat limited. His claim that gas was only sparingly used against Ethiopians by the Italians is clearly incorrect. His praise of Graziani as a 'sensible man' made my guts churn (but then it was only 1936). His background and status as a citizen of the Empire clearly informed his views and his patronising attitude to what he calls the natives (and everyone [...]

    5. 'There is a slight difference, I discovered, in the professional code of European and American journalists. While the latter will not hesitate, in moments of emergency, to resort to pure invention, the former must obtain their lies at second hand. This is not so much due to lack of imagination, I think, as lack of courage. As long as someone, no matter how irresponsible or discredited, has made a statement, it is legitimate news, but there must always be some source, 'which has hitherto proved s [...]

    6. Evelyn Waugh's account of his time as a journalist reporting on Italy's war of colonial conquest in Ethiopia in the mid 1930s. An interesting and sometimes funny insight into the chaos of war and its journalism before the days of documentary film, email etc. perhaps it isn't much different even now? However, a strange book to read lying on a beach in Portugal!

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