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Summary

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. Evelyn Waugh's tale of an innocent abroad is a hilarious satire on journalism set amidst the powerful currents of the 1930s and contains a memorable collection of comic creations.

©1938 Evelyn Waugh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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the fantastic Beast - and where to find it

What did you like most about Scoop?

Perhaps THE classic satire of newspapers and newspapermen. Riotously funny, beautifully written and unerringly accurate.

What did you like best about this story?

Written in 1938, Scoop ostensibly portrays a vanished world. Yet to anyone still working in national newspapers in 2017, the remarkable thing is how little the industry itself has changed!

What about Simon Cadell’s performance did you like?

Cadell is brilliant - diffident, quietly expressive and a pleasure to listen to.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When the Beast put the Boot in

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Waugh strikes again

Waugh's prose fill me the sense and intellect, I feel is lost of literature today. His story one of typical tragedy, quasi-victory and self-deprecatory humour make scoop a novel of glorious reading. His depictions of Ishmalia are comical and the political situation strangely close to home.
However. Waugh never ties all his loose ends, which naturally leaves the audience relying a little more- perfectly hungry for their next dose of his great writing.

Simon Calder has done a wonderful job, his voice fitting, his depiction of characters in voice, convincing and brings the text alive. He has done particularly well given the variety of accents necessary for this work, but some where a little difficult to understand and distinguish (hence the 4 stars).
Generally, a wonderful book and I'm glad I have heard it. My favourite part has to be the first 5 minutes of chapter 6.

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Brilliant

real life journalism from mid 30''s where news was news not opinions or leaks. Humorous and at times surreal with character creation

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Hilarious

I laughed out loud throughout but Chapter 12 in particular was hilarious! Marvellous story telling by Waugh whose consummate command of English never fails to astound. Highly recommended situation comedy.

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I couldn't find the humour in this book. If you enjoy farce this is for you.

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Days of the Past?

However amusing and downright funny, this novel is best taken as a product very much of its time and with care and judgement needed as to the narrative as it unfolds and some of the unacceptable language used in our days. The satire of the workings of the press needs no qualification, however, and as much holds true today as it did then. If not more so. This is consistently funny. Even though the novel is written with a colonial take on things, we can now see that there is the clear fact that the treatment of developing countries by those that would exploit them is evidenced in this novel and is not rejected. Waugh’s characters often amuse and this will please all listeners/readers. The novel has the daftness of P G Wodehouse in quantity. I enjoyed the opening and closing sections of the novel by far. Waugh was clearly stimulated in writing by his friend that transforms into Julie Stich and her sections are irresistibly funny regardless of her assumptions about the rightness of her behaviour. The Audible performance by the late Simon Cadell is pitch-perfect and a true joy to listen to. My ratings on this novel reflect the body of this personal review. Overall it is 4 stars afforded by the humour, not the story.

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Racist pulp although articulately delivered by the white establishment. It's funny like Alf Garnett was (if he had swallowed a lexicon).

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great story be aware dated context

really great story with a 1930s news and historical feel. be aware that language and attitudes are offensive but were of their time

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Very Funny

Very old-fashioned attitudes to race, but bewildered nature writer sent to report on a civil war in an East African country is superb. The description of The Beast and its offices reflect the tabloids of the period.

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I really tried to embrace this book.. But...

A friend told me this was one of the funniest books he has ever read. I beg to differ. I feel it could have made a reasonable Ealing comedy but even accounting for its age I struggled with this humour. I may try another evelyn waugh just to see if I'm missing something.

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One of the great comic novels

Along with Black Mischief, the author's other masterpiece of wicked comedy, Scoop must qualify as one of the finest comic novels ever written.

As we follow the travails of William Boot, a naive nature sketch writer, mistakenly sent to darkest Africa in the 1930s as a foreign correspondent, a rich parade of devilish hilarity envelops us.

A great book and the reading is exemplary.

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  • Magnus M. Hustveit
  • 14-10-18

Very funny

"They were eaten, every one of them: some raw, others stewed and seasoned - according to local usage and the calendar (for the better sort of Ishmaelites have been Christian for many centuries and will not publicly eat human flesh, uncooked, in lent without special and costly dispensation from their bishop.)"

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  • peter
  • 27-04-18

ONE OF THE VERY GOOD ONES

This is a short but very enjoyable novel, packed with interesting and entertaining characters, each of whom might easily have launched a novel of his or her own. I remember reading this about 20 years ago and enjoying it then; but did even more so this time, as I had stumbled across Waugh (once more) after wading thru the swamp of hackneyed dreck that currently passes for contemporary fiction, and the relief at finding something of actual quality and intelligence was as great as the pleasure of the entertainment. You will have to enjoy it because Waugh gives you no option.