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Notes On Re-reading: Self-Assessment Department

It is not a book I enjoy re-reading but there are one or two funny scenes which redeem it from banality.

-Evelyn Waugh, from his 1964 preface to a reprint of his 1930 novel Vile Bodies.   They did not pull this quote to use as a blurb.

Notes on Re-reading from an unexpected source

Near the end of Evelyn Waugh’s  A Handful of Dust, one of the characters, on an expedition into parts of the Amazon, becomes sick and lost and gets rescued by a guy raising cattle.  The rescuer is part native and part English, and grew up with his father reading to him, but never learned to […]

An Evelyn Waugh character explains how to read the newspaper (or other media)

I read the newspapers with lively interest. It is seldom that they are absolutely, point-blank wrong. That is the popular belief, but those who are in the know can usually discern an embryo truth, a little grit of fact, like the core of a pearl, round which has been deposited the delicate layers of […]