Decline and Fall on TV

Not everyone is a fan of Evelyn Waugh. he was, after all, a thoroughly nasty individual. And his written works are scathingly satirical. Nothing is spared his jaundiced gaze. In the end, not even himself (Waugh goes anti-Waugh in his last novel, “The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold”).

At the same time, Waugh wrote astonishingly well. And his story telling is nothing short of brilliant. Anyone seeking to learn how to write could do worse than read Waugh’s prose.

Soi, you might ask, why would folks try to render Waugh in film? It was done successfully in “Brideshead Revisited”. Successfully because the script is word for word out of the book. Now we get “Decline and Fall”, Waugh’s first comic novel.

I will be checking it out, just to enjoy the mood that Waugh creates in the story. You should too!


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