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Decline and Fall by Evelyn WaughExpelled from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe, least of all Paul. Taking its title from Edward Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Evelyn Waughs first, funniest novel immediately caught the ear of the public with his account of an ingenu abroad in the decadent confusion of 1920s high society.
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After a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is forced to leave Oxford and begin a new life out in the wide world. His experiences take him from a boys' private school in Wales, where he meets some rather strange people, to a life of luxury in a grand country house and the Ritz Hotel, and then to seven years' hard labour in prison. Where will it all end? The black humour of this story about Engl Like PG Wodehouse's mischievous younger brother -- the one who pulls wings off butterflies and fries ants beneath a magnifying glass -- Evelyn Waugh tore into British hypocrisy and human stupidity with something like joyful exuberance. While most of I was given an Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Decline and Fall
The wedding was an unparalleled success among the lower orders. This story was written thirty-three years ago. I offered it to the publishers who had commissioned my first book, but they rejected it on what seemed, and still seems to me, the odd grounds of its indelicacy. The Managing Director, my father, was abroad and was spared the embarrassment of a decision which was taken in his absence by a colleague, the late Mr Ralph Straus. Mr Straus read the manuscript carefully to see what could have shocked Duckworth's. He had a few suggestions which I accepted. He thought it, for instance, more chaste that the Llanabba Station Master should seek employment for his sister-in-law, rather than for his sister.