Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall

Book - 1993
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Decline and Fall (1928) was Evelyn Waugh's immensely successful first novel, and it displays not only all of its author's customary satiric genius and flair for unearthing the ridiculous in human nature, but also a youthful willingness to train those weapons on any and every thing in his path. In this fractured picaresque comedy of the hapless Paul Pennyfeather stumbling from one disaster to another, Waugh manages the delicious task of skewering every aspect of the society in which he lived.

With an Introduction by Frank Kermode
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1993.
ISBN: 9780679420415
Characteristics: pages cm.


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Sep 15, 2015

That's not funny.

SB2000 Jun 27, 2011

Funny, irreverant, absurd.

May 09, 2011

Waugh's first novel. Very enjoyable, if you like Waugh. Not necessarily a starting point, though. For that, I'd recommend Brideshead. Fairly fast paced and funny. Looks at a nice cross-section of English society in Waugh's typically nonsensical sort of way.

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