Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

scoop-waughScoop 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.

More about Waugh and his writing:
The Evelyn Waugh Society.
A guided tour of Waugh’s works.

Other reviews:
Reading Matters

Have you reviewed this book? Leave me a link and I’ll add it here.

Don’t forget about my giveaway!


8 responses to “Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

  1. I love books that evoke emotions and this one sounds like a winner!

  2. Okay, you invoked the power of the Gilmore Girls. I must read this book.

  3. I just checked out two Evelyn Waugh books from the library! I’m glad you liked Scoop, hopefully the ones I’ve got will be equally funny. (I like Gilmore Girls too – this all sounds very positive.)

  4. Thanks for the link to my review. If you liked the humour in this book, you might also like Wodehouse, as the style is rather similar. Molly Keane’s Time After Time, which I’ve just read and reviewed, is also in the same vein.

    • You bet! I’ve been wanting to read Wodehouse for several years now. Last time I looked at my local library, they had nary a single Wodehouse.

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