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    DescriptionSent down from Oxford in outrageous circumstances, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe, least of all Paul.

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    Decline and Fall
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    By (author) Evelyn Waugh, Edited by David Bradshaw, Introduction by David Bradshaw
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 111 mm
    Height: 181 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 132 g
    ISBN 13: 9780141187488
    ISBN 10: 0141187484

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC21: 823.912
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FC
    DC22: FIC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    LC classification: PR6045.A97
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FBA
    Penguin Books Ltd
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    01 May 2010
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    Evelyn Waugh was born in 1903 and was educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). In 1945 he published Brideshead Revisited and he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1952 for Men at Arms. Evelyn Waugh died in 1966.
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    It must just be appalling coincidence that the funniest and best comic novelists in England this century have been ardent reactionaries. Sometimes, notably in Brideshead Revisited, Waugh's dire Toryism is unbearable, but here, in his first novel, published when he was only 25, he is at his best - inventive, outrageous, hilarious. The book contains the extraordinary Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup - and the wonderful Waugh vignette, when Paul Pennyfeather, in prison, hears about Prendergast's murder from a fellow-inmate during lusty and unique hymn-singing: 'O God, our help in ages past/ Where's Prendergast today?/ What, ain't you heard? E's been done in/ And our eternal home...' Now how on earth did Waugh come up with that idea? Probably because he was a genius. (Kirkus UK)
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    Decline and Fall (1928) was Evelyn Waugh's immensely successful first novel, and it displays not only all of its author's customary satiric genius and flair for unearthing the ridiculous in human nature, but also a youthful willingness to train those weapons on any and every thing in his path. In this fractured picaresque comedy of the hapless Paul Pennyfeather stumbling from one disaster to another, Waugh manages the delicious task of skewering every aspect of the society in which he lived. With an Introduction by Frank Kermode Sir Frank Kermode, formerly Lord Northcliffe Professor at London University, is now Professor at Cambridge and Columbia Universities. His books include The Uses of and Continuities.