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Scoop Evelyn Waugh was one of literatures great curmudgeons and a scathingly funny satirist Scoop is a comedy of Englands newspaper business of the 1930s and the story of William Boot an innocent hick from the country who writes careful essays about the habits of the badger Editorial Reviews With this book Englands wittiest novelist sets a new standard for comic extravaganzathe real message about SCOOP is that it is thoroughly enjoyable uproariously funny and that everyone should read it at once The New York Times This is just one example of the popularity of the comical relief hidden within the bindings of the book Scoop This book sets forth a new standard for comic extravaganza The novel reads as though it had been formed with slapstick but it is architecture of amazement For example his delightful style of the keys of typewriters in the personal quarters of one of Fleet Streets greatest press lords made no more sound than the drumming of a bishops finger tips on an upholstered prie-dieu the buzzers of the telephones were muffled and purred like wart cats the massive double doors encased in New England rosewood by their weight polish and depravity of design proclaimed unmistakably Nothing but Us stand between you and Lord Copper Waugh Other additives were set forth with just the names of the newspapers and of the characters Newspapers have fabulous names- the Brute the Beast A Communist named Pappenhacker one of the cleverest men in Fleet Street Waugh 92 has difficulty finding places to eat because of his bullying of waiters Waugh 92 This bullying has sound theory behind it Every time you are polite to a proletarian Pappenhacker believes you help bolster up the capitalist system Gelder 1 Pappenhacker hated the lower class Another character Cruttwell was a teacher in college that he disliked and in this book he uses his name to get back at him by using that
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