Evelyn Waugh's hilarious and deadly serious 1942 satire on the 'phoney war'.
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.
a wicked satire in the well-known Waugh manner * The New York Times
a novel of breathtaking symmetry, grace, craft, and discipline -- L. E. Sissman * The Atlantic *