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Scoop von Evelyn Waugh
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Scoop (Original 1938; 1973. Auflage)

von Evelyn Waugh

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Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the "Daily Beast, " has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs. Algernon Stitch, Lord Copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. So begins "Scoop, "Waugh's exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news.… (mehr)
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Titel:Scoop
Autoren:Evelyn Waugh
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (1973), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 224 pages
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Tags:fiction, humour

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Der Knüller. von Evelyn Waugh (1938)

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Evelyn Waugh published this satirical account of the unlikely success of a foreign correspondent just before the outbreak of World War Two, when the proxy war that the competing totalitarian dictatorships of Germany and Russia had waged in countries such as Spain became a direct confrontation.
The setting is the mythical northeast African country of Ishmaelia. Any resemblance to the nation that occupies this space in our world, Ethiopia (then called Abyssinia), is hardly coincidental since Waugh served as a correspondent there in 1935.
The book is divided into three sections. The first is hilarious, and the final section evoked a good number of guffaws from me. The middle section, set in Ishmaelia itself, wasn’t as amusing, no doubt because of Waugh’s recourse to national stereotypes. The posture of casual superiority that all Europeans in the book assume concerning all Africans is undoubtedly an accurate reflection of the late colonial period. It’s simply not funny anymore. Nor is the way that relatively harmless local quarrels are leveraged by the Europeans in the interests of competing ideologies. In the end, Waugh suggests that even these are fronts for claims to mineral rights. Something that didn’t end with the passing of the colonial era.
Still, I found the book enjoyable. Lord Copper, the press magnate who sets it all in motion, seems a send-up of Lord Beaverbrook, but his type lives on in the Murdochs of our day. One more thing lives on, the immortal name of the newspaper, The Daily Beast. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
A hilarious satire of journalism, I feel like a lot of the book's skewering of the profession haven't aged a day. From the hapless protagonist John Boot to the imperiously clueless Lord Copper, the characters are funny and plausible as they lie and blunder around trying to "cover the story" of political instability in a country they're completely unfamiliar with. The news media's willing to punch up or even simply invent stories for effect is obviously still with us, and the constant theme of miscommunication is exploited in full Wodehousian form. Waugh has a good ear for deadpan dialogue, as well as parodies of overwrought writing: the famous one is "Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole", but my favorite is the Thomas Friedman-esque "A spark is set to the cornerstone of civilization which will shake its roots like a chilling breath." ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
"One of the things I appreciate most about this novel is the way that it sequentially portrays three unusual situations and lays bare their inherent absurdity."

My review of 'Scoop' by Evelyn Waugh is up on the John C Adams Reviews website now!

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/john-c-adams-reviews-scoop-by-evel... ( )
  johncadamssf | Apr 12, 2021 |
I absolutely loved this little book! Ridiculous from start to finish, but in a good way......exposing all of the befuddled disconnectedness of not only Fleet Street press, but upper crust London Society and the landed (but broke) gentry. One blunder after another in the most ridiculous set of circumstances finds our hero(?) William Boot yanked from the comfort of his run-down country estate and plunged headlong into a political war in Africa.....nothing is as it seems....and for once, lack of initiative actually saves the day. I cannot say how many times i chuckled out loud as i read this.....nor can i say when the last time was i read a book that caused me to chuckle out loud over and over! Waugh hits this with a biting wit and allows these absolutely ridiculous (yet believable) people to thrive in their self-induced chaos, and we are just along for the ride. So glad to have read this. Thank you Evelyn Waugh! ( )
1 abstimmen jeffome | Jan 29, 2021 |
Eh, this fairly decent satire on journalism turns out to be a One Big Meh in my headline. It is not even that funny. The humorous moments mostly pile themselves at the start and the end where it sandwiches a droll and dull war in a fictional place with a very weird unrequited romance in tow. By the time it picks up again, with its characters that almost feel like puppets instead of people, my attention is barely there. And I also find it difficult to ignore Waugh’s downplayed but still apparent anti-semitism and racist slurs that I can’t believe this is the same author who wrote Brideshead Revisited. On my bed rests a copy of Vile Bodies currently. Oh well let’s hope Waugh isn’t very vile in that one. ( )
  lethalmauve | Jan 25, 2021 |
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Why, once Jakes went out to cover a revolution in one of the Balkan capitals. He overslept in his carriage, woke up at the wrong station, didn't know any different, got out, went straight to a hotel, and cabled off a thousand-word story about barricades in the streets, flaming churches, machine guns answering the rattle of his typewriter as he wrote, a dead child, like a broken doll, spreadeagled in the deserted roadway before his window - you know.
There was something un-English and not quite right about 'the country', with its solitude and self-sufficiency, its bloody recreations, its darkness and silence and sudden, inexplicable noises; the kind of place where you never know from one minute to the next that you may not be tossed by a bull or pitchforked by a yokel or rolled over and broken up by a pack of hounds.
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Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the "Daily Beast, " has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs. Algernon Stitch, Lord Copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. So begins "Scoop, "Waugh's exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news.

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