Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (1938), 336 pages
Scoop follows William Boot, minor nature column writer, as he’s sent by the Daily Beast in London to cover an impending war in a fictionalized East African country (now Ethiopia).
It’s written in short mini-chapters, sometimes less than a page long.
At the beginning, the pacing (and the content, at least to a certain degree) reminded me of Gilmore Girls. At about the 100-page mark, I was reminded of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (in writing style and content); this was the more enduring comparison. Obviously, I’ve got this wrong; Waugh wrote before either of these things I’m comparing this to was created. Either way, this is definitely satire, of journalism. Written in a deadpan style.
I laughed and laughed. I smiled often while reading this book.
I posted a quote from this book last week.
This is my first Waugh. It won’t be my last. (Brideshead Revisited is on deck, although I’ve heard Brideshead is very different than Scoop.)
Waugh grew up as the son of an editor and publisher. He worked as a journalist for some time.
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