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    DescriptionWaugh's own unhappy experience of being a soldier is superbly re-enacted in this story of Guy Crouchback, a Catholic and a gentleman, commissioned into the Royal Corps of Halberdiers during the war years 1939-45. High comedy - in the company of Brigadier Ritchie-Hook or the denizens of Bellamy's Club - is only part of the shambles of Crouchback's war. When action comes in Crete and in Yugoslavia, he discovers not heroism, but humanity. "Sword of Honour" combines three volumes: "Officers and Gentlemen", "Men at Arms" and "Unconditional Surrender", which were originally published separately. Extensively revised by Waugh, they were published as the one-volume "Sword of Honour" in 1965, in the form in which Waugh himself wished them to be read.


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    Title
    The Sword of Honour
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Evelyn Waugh, Introduction by Angus Calder
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 736
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141184975
    ISBN 10: 0141184973
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 823.912
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FC
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FBA
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) was born in London and educated at Oxford. He quickly established a reputation with such social satirical novels as DECLINE AND FALL, VILE BODIES and SCOOP. Waugh became a Catholic in 1930, and his later books display a more serious attitude, as seen in the religious theme of BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, a nostalgic evocation of student days at Oxford. His diaries were published in 1976, and his letters in 1980.
    Review text
    Both a "recension" (Waugh before his death excised some of the original material) as well as a one-volume publication of the World War II trilogy - Men at Arms (1952) Officers and Gentleman (1955) and Unconditional Surrender (1961) which Waugh thought of as "obituary of the Roman Catholic Church in England." Some critics, Malcolm Muggeridge for instance, considered this ironic, absurd, affecting (and autobiographical) portrait of a middle aged man at war his finest achievement. (Kirkus Reviews)