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OFFICERS AND GENTLEMEN is the second volume of Evelyn Waugh's masterful trilogy (set during WW II) about war, religion and politics. It follows MEN AT ARMS and in turn is followed by THE END OF THE BATTLE.
In this volume Guy Crouchback takes on training as a commando. After graduating, he joins a special assault team in a Crete mission. Hookforce, an attack plan designed by officers for the men to implement, never gets off the ground.
"Deft, amusing, sober, appalling." (The New York Times)
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), whom Time called "one of the century's great masters of English prose," wrote several widely acclaimed novels as well as volumes of biography, memoir, travel writing, and journalism. Three of his novels, A Handful of Dust, Scoop, and Brideshead Revisited, were selected by the Modern Library as among the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.
Date of Birth:October 28, 1903
Date of Death:April 10, 1966
Place of Birth:West Hampstead, London
Education:Hertford College, Oxford University, 1921-1924; Heatherley's Art School, 1924
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Its not really brilliant but it is enjoyable. Maybe even a model for later modern war novels. Interesting revelations of incompetence and boredom and savage racism. There is a scene where they are in Dakkar, Africa and there is a black soldiers head preserved by the bed side of an officer. I think this is officially against the rules of respecting the enemy soldier. Or is it Men at Arms?