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Book Title: The End of the Battle|
The author of the book: Evelyn Waugh
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 761 KB
Edition: Back Bay Books
Date of issue: March 30th 1979
ISBN 13: 9780316926201
Read full description of the books The End of the Battle:This final volume in the Swords of Honour trilogy, sees Guy Crouchback back in England. After two years training the new brigade of Halberdiers, he suffers the blow of being too old to be taken into battle. Again, Guy's war turns into a waiting game, involving chance and mis-chance as he is chosen by the new Electronic Personnel Selector for special employment, only to have old security issues and a chance encounter with Ludovic, now a Major in the intelligence corps with literary aspirations, divert his steps from the intended journey.
The three books in this trilogy are not meant to be read alone. The characters and stories within the various novels interweave and interlink, so this book will make little sense without reading the previous two. A lot of the characters here we have met before - including Guy's ex-wife Virginia, who thinks she has escaped Trimmer and then discovers life is no longer as easy as it once was. By this novel, many of the characters are tired, dispirited and expected glory has been replaced by realistic expectations and political disquiet about the end of the war. Through all these novels, Guy maintains his central core of belief and goodness. He had hoped to change the war, but he does manage to change a life. This really is a stunning trilogy and I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you do decide to give it a try, and I hope you do, then please read the books in order. The first is Men at Arms (Penguin Modern Classics) and the second Officers and Gentlemen (Penguin Modern Classics). Alternatively, all three volumes are available in Sword of Honour (Penguin Modern Classics).
Read information about the authorEvelyn Waugh's father Arthur was a noted editor and publisher. His only sibling Alec also became a writer of note. In fact, his book “The Loom of Youth” (1917) a novel about his old boarding school Sherborne caused Evelyn to be expelled from there and placed at Lancing College. He said of his time there, “…the whole of English education when I was brought up was to produce prose writers; it was all we were taught, really.” He went on to Hertford College, Oxford, where he read History. When asked if he took up any sports there he quipped, “I drank for Hertford.”
In 1924 Waugh left Oxford without taking his degree. After inglorious stints as a school teacher (he was dismissed for trying to seduce a school matron and/or inebriation), an apprentice cabinet maker and journalist, he wrote and had published his first novel, “Decline and Fall” in 1928.
In 1928 he married Evelyn Gardiner. She proved unfaithful, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1930. Waugh would derive parts of “A Handful of Dust” from this unhappy time. His second marriage to Audrey Herbert lasted the rest of his life and begat seven children. It was during this time that he converted to Catholicism.
During the thirties Waugh produced one gem after another. From this decade come: “Vile Bodies” (1930), “Black Mischief” (1932), the incomparable “A Handful of Dust” (1934) and “Scoop” (1938). After the Second World War he published what is for many his masterpiece, “Brideshead Revisited,” in which his Catholicism took center stage. “The Loved One” a scathing satire of the American death industry followed in 1947. After publishing his “Sword of Honor Trilogy” about his experiences in World War II (“Men at Arms” (1952), “Officers and Gentlemen” (1955), “Unconditional Surrender" (1961) his career was seen to be on the wane. In fact, “Basil Seal Rides Again” (1963) - his last published novel - received little critical or commercial attention.
Evelyn Waugh, considered by many to be the greatest satirical novelist of his day, passed away on 10 April 1966 at the age of 62.
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