Black Mischief, Waugh's third novel, helped to establish his reputation as a master satirist. Set on the fictional African island of Azania, the novel chronicles the efforts of Emperor Seth, assisted by the Englishman Basil Seal, to modernize his kingdom.
Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of homemade currency, the staging of a "Birth Control Gala", the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies and a good deal more mischief.
©1932 Evelyn Waugh (P)2015 Hachette Audio
There is much more relevance in the writings of mr Waugh than you could guess, 85 years on. The political incorrectness may offend some, and yet such is the subtle humour, extraordinary characters that only he can capture, and brilliant satire that those people may find it hard to place the blame. A great narration of what cannot be an easy book to voice.
Not particularly. 'Of it's time,' the story seemed a little dated (how could it not be!) but Michael Maloney gave a spirited performance, sounding reasonably convincing on the many & varied accents, though sounding less assured on the Azanian ones...somewhere in East Africa.
Thinking of character development, I would have liked a bit more of a hint as to the main protagonist's next step.
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