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Discovers new purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war overwhelming Though often somber Sword of Honor is also a brilliant comedy peopled by the fantastic f. Men at Arms Part 1 of Sword of HonourWhat fun a bit like a cross between MASH PG Wodehouse and BridesheadAn upper class British Catholic divorc leaves his home in Italy at the start of WW2 to try to join the army and eventually succeedsThe story is populated by uirky characters and strange coincidences with glimpses of poignancy Most of the characters are in a perpetual state of genial incomprehension and incompetenceWaugh served in WW2 and if his experience was anything like what was described it s amazing that we won However there are clearly some parallels as the book is peppered with mentions of specific dates and events helpfully explained in footnotes in my editionApthorpe s too literal thunderbox the old colonel that should have retired but no one uite wants to tell him he s not needed any bizarre and nonsensical bureaucracy all beautifully writtenAnd best of all there are two seuels let s hope they re as goodOfficers and Gentlemen Part 2 of Sword of HonourIn many ways this is very similar to the previous book about Guy Crouchback of the Halberdiers soldiers being resigned to the comic ineptitude of their commanders and all sorts of intriguing characters However this volume has about the tactics and experience of war so that I did slightly lose track in places despite all the historical footnotes and less outright comedy less of life back home less Catholic angst less Catholicism altogether etc The loucheness in Alexandria was good and accidental heroics of view spoilerblowing up a railway in occupied France because they failed to find the Channel Island they were looking for hide spoiler Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. retired but no one uite wants to tell him he s not needed any bizarre and nonsensical bureaucracy all beautifully writtenAnd best of all there are two seuels let s hope they Burning Attraction re as goodOfficers and Gentlemen Part 2 of Sword of HonourIn many ways this is very similar to the previous book about Guy Crouchback of the Halberdiers soldiers being The Numbers Game resigned to the comic ineptitude of their commanders and all sorts of intriguing characters However this volume has about the tactics and experience of war so that I did slightly lose track in places despite all the historical footnotes and less outright comedy less of life back home less Catholic angst less Catholicism altogether etc The loucheness in Alexandria was good and accidental heroics of view spoilerblowing up a Tall man riding. railway in occupied France because they failed to find the Channel Island they were looking for hide spoiler

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The Sword of Honour Trilogy

Igures so familiar from Waugh's early satires The deepest pleasures these novels afford come from observing a great satiric writer employ his gifts with extraordinary subtlety delicacy and human feeling for purposes that are ultimately anything but satir. In my opinion the masterwork of 20th century English fiction Brideshead lent itself to million dollar TV adaptation but the books Men At Arms Officers And Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender are almost too good for TV or screen There was a fine and now lost TV version in the 60s with Edward Woodward as Crouchback and host of character actors including Ronald Fraser as Apthorpe playing the supporting parts and an all too brief 2001 version for TV with Daniel craig as Crouchback The nuances the subtleties the acute observations of English social niceties and the bitterness that unites and divides us are almost impossible to portray on screen In terms of characterisation Crouchback is almost but not uite a non entity He bestrides the novel almost as a catalyst for all the other characters to react to The novel is genuinely funny but the humour is usually the humour of cruelty If you have tears to shed shed them now the death of Apthorpe is heartbreaking There is real warmth the great recurring shape of Colonel Jumbo Trotter lumbers through the novel popping up now and again like a lost but welcome friend There is political intrigue religious bigotry heroism deception cynicism on an almost industrial scale but it remains right at the top of my never be seaparated from list

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This trilogy spanning World War II based in part on Evelyn Waugh's own experiences as an army officer is the author's surpassing achievement as a novelist Its central character is Guy Crouchback head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family who at first. Evelyn Waugh did not have a good war as a soldier however he was able to transmute his uncomfortable personal experience into something wonderful Through Guy Crouchback the detached observer and would be knight who mistakenly believes his private honour will be satisfied by war Evelyn Waugh perfectly captures the bureaucracy pettiness absurdity humour and confusion of war It all rings true with numerous little details that make this book so satisfying It s everything that great literature should be beautifully written evocative poignant funny tragic and profound I wonder how many of the great characters are also based on real people I really want Jumbo Trotter Apthorpe Ludovic Box Bender Trimmer Virginia Peregrine and of course Brigadier Ritchie Hook to be real characters as I do the denizens of Bellamy s clubIn April 2013 I finally read Brideshead Revisited and was captivated from start to finish You probably don t need me to tell you it s a masterpiece Before embarking on Sword of Honour I would never have believed that Evelyn Waugh could have written two masterpieces He has Brideshead Revisited and Sword of Honour That s in addition to all the other wonderful fiction and non fiction Epic and extraordinary You really should read Sword of Honour A wonderful book55NOTE ABOUT DIFFERENT EDITIONSSword of Honour was originally published as three separate volumes Men At Arms 1952 Officers and Gentlemen 1955 and Unconditional Surrender 1961 however Waugh extensively revised these books to create a one volume version Sword of Honour in 1965 and it is this version that Waugh wanted people to read The Penguin Classics version of Sword of Honour contains numerous informative and interesting footnotes and an introduction by Angus Calder each time Waugh changed the text there is also a note Most of sections that Waugh changed or removed was with a view to ensuring that his hero Guy Crouchback is perceived as worldly and experienced than was the case in the original version of the books I can see why Waugh would choose to change the emphasis in this way and I think it makes the overall narrative convincing and effective


10 thoughts on “The Sword of Honour Trilogy

  1. says:

    Many literary careers are doomed to go on slightly longer than they should and to outlive the author's original engrossing talentSo concludes Christopher Hitchens in a 2003 Atlantic article Evelyn Waugh The Permanent Adolescent reprin

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    1 Men At Arms 3This first part of what was originally a trilogy was uite uneven for me Guy Crouchback is a well intentioned though ineffective man who in his late 30s joins the army to 'do his bit' The opening section in training is the funniest with the farcical episode of Apthorpe and his 'thunder box' being especially hilarious But there are long sections where Guy is shunted around aimlessly or himself goes off on a uest to

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    Evelyn Waugh did not have a good war as a soldier however he was able to transmute his uncomfortable personal experience int

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    Men at Arms Part 1 of Sword of HonourWhat fun a bit like a cross between MASH PG Wodehouse and BridesheadAn upper class British Catholic divorcé leaves his home in Italy at the start of WW2 to try to join the army and eventually succeedsThe story is populated by uirky characters and strange coincidences with glimpses o

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    There is something fundamentally wrong with these books referred to here as SOH so I don’t have to keep misspelling “honour” over and over and I am not sure I can say exactly what that is but I felt somewhat soiled after reading them But this book I will also refer to it in the singular despite it being a trilogy for simplicity’s sake is not early funny Waugh but deep dark Catholic Waugh so the laughs

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    Waugh's Final WordsEssentially this is Waugh's swansong three novels about the adventures of his uasi autobiographical hero Guy Crouchback in the Second World War gathered together by him and edited into a single volume at the end of his life This is a compendium of my separate reviews of the individual volumes as I read them followed by a

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    The dystopian and satirical world of and unprepared England World War IIIf this were just a review of the ineffective jaundiced sarcastic snobbish effete England portrayed by Evelyn Waugh throughout the Sword of Honor Tril

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    An immensely entertaining and thought provoking account of one man's experience in WWII Despite Guy Crouchback's thinly veiled fictional version of Evelyn Waugh best efforts to do his part to he is destined to always be on the periphery of the war Contributing but not very heroically Even when he finds himself in the thick of things Battle of Crete May 1941 his experience is as a glorified message boy He is constantly walking from one post

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    In my opinion the masterwork of 20th century English fiction 'Brideshead' lent itself to million dollar TV adaptation but

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    This is Evelyn Waugh's final edited version of the Sword of Honour trilogy If you're interested in reading the trilogy you really should read this version as the book is really one long continuous story with the same characters throughout and s

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