Put Out More Flags

Put Out More Flags Put Out More Flags is Waugh s superb send up of smart England the bohemian crowd as World War II approaches Making a return appearance Basil Seal this time insinuates himself into an odd but profit

  • Title: Put Out More Flags
  • Author: Evelyn Waugh
  • ISBN: 9780316916059
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Put Out More Flags is Waugh s superb send up of smart England, the bohemian crowd, as World War II approaches Making a return appearance, Basil Seal this time insinuates himself into an odd but profitable role in the country s mobilization.

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    1. I suspect Basil Seal and Bertie Wooster are two versions of the same person. Bertie is the one that shows up in stories for polite company; Basil is the one that shows up in court transcripts.

    2. I recently read, and very much enjoyed Sword of Honour, like this book, Sword of Honour is a satirical novel about World War Two. The books that comprise the Sword of Honour trilogy were written in the 1950s and 1960s when Evelyn Waugh was able to put World War Two into some kind of perspective. Sword of Honour also happens to be one of Evelyn Waugh's masterpieces. Put Out More Flags, an earlier war novel, opens in the autumn of 1939 and all takes place during the twelve months of the war. It wa [...]

    3. Published in 1942, “Put Out More Flags,” brings back characters from earlier Waugh novels, including some of the Bright Young People from “Vile Bodies” and the caddish Basil Seal from “Black Mischief.” Waugh’s interwar coterie of socialites, who lived for partying and pleasure, were among the generation who paid the price for not taking life, including the threat of Hitler’s Germany, seriously. They were like first-class passengers on the Titanic using shards from the fatal icebe [...]

    4. Thank God for Waugh! Going back to him - it must be ten years since I've read any - is like emerging from a Turkish bath, alive in every pore, your senses quickened and joie de vivre restored. The dialogue is brilliant, the characters sad, odious, weak, shabbily noble - all of them brilliantly anatomised. Waugh's sympathies are huge (and yet in life such a splenetic and selfish man!) and his wit is at full tilt. What a horrible, horrible man is Basil Seal. The evacuee children, the Connollys, ar [...]

    5. The general image of Britain at the beginning of the second World War is very different from the polite, quietly ridiculous society portrayed here. The story follows an aging rascal (Basil, who I came to hate), his aristocratic family, and his friend Ambrose, a flamboyantly gay writer. The talk is witty, the characters vivid, and the plot mostly serves to show how wrong all the experts where when it came time for war.

    6. Evelyn Waugh's look at the first year of Britain's involvement in WW2 revolves around Basil Seal. Seal and his friends & family are typical Waugh characters and his depiction of the Ministry of Information was hilarious! It is an interesting look at how many Brits felt at the beginning of the war, an attitude easily forgotten in the events that followed.

    7. What a strange novel: It starts showing the adventurers of a lot of ne'er-do-wells trying to avoid doing anything serious for the "Great Boer War" as some of them call it. Included are characters from Evelyn Waugh's earlier novels such as Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies, and Black Mischief.They whirl around trying not to get their fingers burnt, but eventually the war calls out to them, and even the reprobate Basil Seal volunteers for a commando posting. What starts out as a comedy ends up with se [...]

    8. This is a satirical comedy looking at how a group of upper class English socialites respond to the beginning of WWII. It bridges the gap quite nicely between the social class Waugh first began satirising in Vile Bodies (which itself anticipated the Second World War by a number of years) and the romanticisation of the pre-War period and incorporation of deeper religious themes which Waugh attempted to address in Brideshead Revisited. It also sits quite nicely alongside Waugh's other WII satire, t [...]

    9. Este lo he leído en español, pero no lo veo en GoodReads. Bueno, solo decir que nada que ver con Retorno a Brideshead.

    10. The title of this biting and deeply cynical novel about the beginning of World War II among the “smart set” of aristocrats in England comes from a translation of a Chinese epigram that gives the following cynical advice quoted and translated by Lin Yutang in The Importance Of Living: “And a drunk military man should order gallons [of alcohol] and put out more flags in order to increase his military splendor.” As many writers do, the author (who despite his name was an Englishman [1]) mad [...]

    11. Another great story centering around the character of Basil Seal. I read a commenter who likened Bertie Wooster to a juvenile delinquent frat boy, and Basil Seal to a criminal. Not a bad comparison. I've become quite a fan of Waugh's novels and only have a few more to go. I find them all to still be laugh out loud funny. Basil's schemes reach a new low in this novel, and how his social standing allows him to constantly escape is frustrating to the point of hilarious. Recommend to all

    12. "d a drunk military man should order gallons and put out more flags in order to increase his military splendour." --quoted by Lin Yutang in The Importance of Living, and by Evelyn Waugh in the frontispiece of this delicious satire.We rejoin the idle, scheming Basil Seal in the autumn of 1939, as the second World War is breaking out across Europe and all of England is mobilizing. He's wryly aware that the era of Bright Young Things is over for good; in fact, his halfhearted attempt to join a regi [...]

    13. Waugh dazzles with what he can do in a single sentence: “It was one of those affairs which, beginning light-heartedly as an adventure and accepted light-heartedly by their friends as an amusing scandal, seemed somehow petrified by a Gorgon glance and endowed with an intolerable permanence; as though in a world of capricious and fleeting alliances, the ironic Fates had decided to set up a standing, frightful example of the natural qualities of man and woman, of their basic aptitude to fuse toge [...]

    14. i left this book on the train today, with 50 pages to go. so have i read it? mostly. will i finish it? not until fate sends another used copy my way, but i read enough to look forward to reading more of evelyn waugh: measured and urbane, with a knack for sparkling dialogue-- and it all feels surprisingly hip and ridiculously relevant given that it's a book written in the late 40s about late 30s.

    15. Not sure why I enjoy Waugh's books so much since they are such a product of the time and place (neither of which are my own), but I guess it has to do with how good the prose is. I suppose it is also comforting to read someone's critique of an era that they view with such contempt, considering how worthy of scorn our own generation is.

    16. England in the first days of the Second World War. Basil Seal, ne'er-do-well scion of a good family, wants to do his part for the war effort, but no good regiment will have him. In the meantime he's got a great racket going with three orphans so ghastly that people are willing to bribe Basil to avoid taking them in as evacuees. Waugh's usual sharp satire.

    17. One of the most neglected pieces of satire in the 20th century. This book is hilarious and cringe-inducing, often at the same time. The writing and the structure are perfect: Waugh at his satiric best.

    18. Is financial mismanagement completely to blame when you're a union worker with a guitar in hock and your girl works at a diner yet you're livin' on a prayer?

    19. Put Out More Flags was an early effort by Evelyn Waugh, typical in that it dealt with his usual type of character – members of the lowest rank of nobility and commoners in approximately the same economic level. Also typical, it is a farce, deriding the spoiled nature of these people, here in the face of what would be a horrendous era of English/British history, the beginning of World War II. The book was published in 1942 but the action takes place at the beginning of the war, Autumn 1938 to S [...]

    20. Great! Wish I could read more between the lines here because apparently I, to begin with, lack some historical background. However, the book makes itself a good introduction to Waugh’s world despite the fact it’s his sixth story and the mentioned characters make their debut earlier. But that’s some damn good satire at the expense of war and god, I’ve been missing some Catch22-tier of war insanity as the main theme

    21. "We designed a city which was meant to be seen in a fog. We had a foggy habit of life and a rich, obscure, choking literatureout of the fog we could rule the world; we were a Voice, like the Voice on Sinai smiling through the clouds. Primitive peoples always choose a God who speaks from the cloudsThe fog lifts, the world sees us as we are, and worse still we see ourselves as we are."

    22. A/UN - E. Waugh - 4.5/5 - Wry arch biting scathing upper class take on WWII, with serious compassionate undertones.

    23. This was hard to get into, and just as I was starting to like the characters they started doing things like selling orphan children to each other to run scams and betraying old friends to get ahead, and it was all supposed to be terribly funny, like if Wooster were slightly cleverer and running around at the beginning of WWII without Jeeves. I adored Brideshead Revisited, but this one left me somewhat cold. There were some good characters, and some good moments, though, so I give it three stars. [...]

    24. “There was a Gothic pavilion where by long habit Freddy often became amorous; he did become amorous” (13).“Often, in Paris, Lady Seal had been proud that her people had never fallen to the habit of naming streets after their feats of arms; that was suitable enough for the short-lived and purely professional triumphs of the French, but to put those great manifestations of divine rectitude which were the victories of England to the use, for their postal addresses, of milliners and chiropodis [...]

    25. ROYAL MARINE CORPS Per Mare, Per TerramMemorandum for:Flow Bookshop, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of ChinaSubject:Recommendation for Special Duty1. I am privileged to write in support of one of our members, CAPT Evelyn Waugh. CAPT Waugh was assigned to our naval base in Chatham and has soon been involved in a daily training routine that left him with - quoting CPL. Chubb - 'so stiff a spine that he found it painful even to pick up a pen'. During the time CAPT [...]

    26. Young and disappointing, to his mother, Basil Seal looks to take personal advantage from the outbreak of World War II; his author friend, Ambrose Silk, meanwhile searches for meaning in the midst of the war. Both characters, though friends, have opposing goals and will come into a strange kind of conflict. Basil, the somewhat unlikeable main character, cannot really succeed in his endeavors without harming Ambrose. It's a strange scenario for a novel: the war starts and these two lowly men quasi [...]

    27. The timing for reading Evelyn Waugh's sixth novel, Put Out More Flags published in 1942 at the beginning of WWII, was good for me. It is another of his great satires featuring Basil Seal, of whom was featured prominently in the last Waugh book I read Black Mischief. Seal is a scoundrel, but a very likable one when all is said and done. The title of the novel comes from Lin Yutang's book The Importance of Living, which I unsuccessfully tried to read (it comes across to me as the kind of book you [...]

    28. Written in 1942, in thick of World War II, Put Out More Flags is Waugh 19s satiric account of the first several months of the war 13 often referred to as the 1CPhoney War 1D 13 in which England geared up and girded its loins for a war that didn 19t seem to want to commit itself. It 19s a fascinating look at the time period, and considerably darker than Waugh 19s previous efforts. Several peripheral characters from previous novels take centre stage and Waugh brings back the irrepressible con arti [...]

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