Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall Expelled from Oxford for indecent behaviour Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle His colleagues are an assortment of m

  • Title: Decline and Fall
  • Author: Evelyn Waugh David Bradshaw
  • ISBN: 9780141180908
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • Expelled from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, 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 BExpelled from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, 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 Taking its title from Edward Gibbon s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Evelyn Waugh s first, funniest novel immediately caught the ear of the public with his account of an ing nu abroad in the decadent confusion of 1920s high society.

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      Evelyn Waugh s father Arthur was a noted editor and publisher His only sibling Alec also became a writer of note In fact, his book The Loom of Youth 1917 a novel about his old boarding school Sherborne caused Evelyn to be expelled from there and placed at Lancing College He said of his time there, the whole of English education when I was brought up was to produce prose writers it was all we were taught, really He went on to Hertford College, Oxford, where he read History When asked if he took up any sports there he quipped, I drank for Hertford In 1924 Waugh left Oxford without taking his degree After inglorious stints as a school teacher he was dismissed for trying to seduce a school matron and or inebriation , an apprentice cabinet maker and journalist, he wrote and had published his first novel, Decline and Fall in 1928 In 1928 he married Evelyn Gardiner She proved unfaithful, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1930 Waugh would derive parts of A Handful of Dust from this unhappy time His second marriage to Audrey Herbert lasted the rest of his life and begat seven children It was during this time that he converted to Catholicism During the thirties Waugh produced one gem after another From this decade come Vile Bodies 1930 , Black Mischief 1932 , the incomparable A Handful of Dust 1934 and Scoop 1938 After the Second World War he published what is for many his masterpiece, Brideshead Revisited, in which his Catholicism took centre stage The Loved One a scathing satire of the American death industry followed in 1947 After publishing his Sword of Honour Trilogy about his experiences in World War II Men at Arms 1952 , Officers and Gentlemen 1955 , Unconditional Surrender 1961 his career was seen to be on the wane In fact, Basil Seal Rides Again 1963 his last published novel received little critical or commercial attention Evelyn Waugh, considered by many to be the greatest satirical novelist of his day, died on 10 April 1966 at the age of 62.See enpedia wiki Evelyn_W

    213 thoughts on “Decline and Fall”

    1. Silly, silly Brits! So eager to defend "honour", "custom", "decency". As if these concepts actually even existed! They did not exist then, just as they sure as hell don't exist now. (Instead, we mingle with the complex and the pseudo complex.)Like Jude (of "Obscure" fame), our main man struggles to live within a system (in the novel, prep schools and jails are synonymous) which rules his existence. But this awful society is prettied up so, and the irony (and comedy) derives from the fact that al [...]

    2. SUMMARY:A skewed and satirical version of Lemony Snickets Series of Unfortunate Events for grown-ups including a similar line-up of comedy death scenes and improbably named charactersE LONG WINDED VERSION:Oh Mr Waugh, you're a cad, a bounder and pithier than a bushel of oranges. Why, I do believe that without you the 30s would have been quite insufferably dull. Lets face it, with one war over and another one gestating quietly in the wings, what better way to pass the time than by disemboweling t [...]

    3. AN UNPLEASANT ENCOUNTER, OR, THE N WORD IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURYBowling along in this droll farce about the upper classes – if you imagine a line with PG Wodehouse (utter lollery) at one end and Edward St Aubyn (still funny, but black, bitter and bleak) at the other – then Decline and Fall is towards the Wooster end of the spectrum - and then on page 77, there’s a sports day organised at the minor public school where our wan young defenestrated undergrad Paul Pennyfeather is now teaching. [...]

    4. This is my first Evelyn Waugh and I will be reading more, although I suspect the author finds salvation through religion more than I.This was the author's first published novel. It was published in 1928 and is a satire of British society of the 1920s. The humor is accusatory, as most satirical humor is. Social norms, cultural differences, education, religion, bureaucracy, prisons, marriage, sex, love, honor - all of these themes are mercilessly poked at, to such an extent that the book could be [...]

    5. I've just finished this book and look, read it. It is a delight from start to finish. In an odd way it reminds me of O Lucky Man - the Lindsay Anderson film. It also reminded me of Monty Python at their best, no, at their very best. Ok, so perhaps some of the social stereotypes don't really exist anymore, but that would be like not reading Wodehouse because no one has a man servant anymore. The architect is comic genius in its purest form - I may have even laughed out loud (though never lol) whe [...]

    6. Ugh how great is this? Waugh's biting satire of his time and class is just *heart eyes emoji*. This is a lot funnier than I expected it so be, although it is very much British humour (which I love) so it may be lost on a lot of people. It's sort of like a comical Clockwork Orange mixed with Anderson's If. Basically it's a Malcolm McDowell film (but nothing like Caligula). It's really very good. It's my first Waugh and I need more! He may be a new favourite.

    7. Decline and Fall was Evelyn Waugh's first novel, and the first novel of his (that's right, Kelly, Evelyn's a man) that I read. It wasn't at all what I expected. I expected a weighty, gloomy, hopeless, depressing love letter to the British upper crust. I expected the kind of book Merchant-Ivory would be happy to film amidst overcast skies and lush lawns. I expected Masterpiece Theatre during a PBS funding push.I didn't expect scathing satire, a sort of P.G. Wodehouse with fangs, nor did I expect [...]

    8. Description: Expelled from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, 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 [...]

    9. 'Decline and Fall' is the sort of merciless social satire about Oxford and its elitist characters I expected to find when I bought 'Zuleika Dobson' by Max Beerbohm. Whereas the latter left me utterly disappointed - to the point I left that book half-read - this novel turned out to be far more brilliant than I thought.It's funny to notice how Mr. Beerbohm was chiefly a caricaturist who toyed with literature while young Evelyn Waugh was exactly the opposite.And I believe both men made the right ch [...]

    10. Poor Paul Pennyfeather. He gets kicked out of Oxford for indecent exposure, although it isn't entirely his fault. Leaving Oxford causes him to default on his sizable inheritance, which leads him to a teaching position in Wales, Not to worry that he has no teaching experience, he is hired anyway. He falls for the mother of one of his students and takes the enviable position of being the boy's private tutor. Unbeknownst to Paul, his new paramour's wealth comes from an investment in many high class [...]

    11. Plot: I was so pleasantly surprised at my enjoyment of this book. I had not expected to find it as good or as easy to read as it ended up being. The plot follows the story of Paul Pennyweather who within the first 2 pages is forced to leave oxford university through no fault of his own. This leads him to starting a career in a boys school and ends up meeting a very important lady through this job. The plot was funny to say the lease. I love a school novel and this was an interesting one. It also [...]

    12. This is Waugh's first book, and one of his finest. This is an absurd story of a young man, expelled (or "sent down") from Oxford for indecent behaviour, who obtains a job as a teacher at a less than salubrious third-rate public school in Wales and is then entrapped in a series of bizarre events that take him on a rollercoaster ride through upper-class circles. The central character, Paul Pennyfeather, is a naive soul, full of gusto and enthusiasm, but lacking in common sense. The use of the term [...]

    13. This was Waugh's first novel and was received with great acclaim, even by my old favourite Arnold Bennett. However I find it like eating whipped cream. It goes down easy, but doesn't fill me up. Clearly I lack the required level of sensibility to appreciate Waugh. Which is to say an addiction to the riotous upper classes. If you think there is nothing better than a snazzily dissolute aristocrat then this is the satire for you.It romps from Bullingdon Club style antics at Oxford via cut price pri [...]

    14. An elegant retelling of Voltaire's Candide, Waugh's first novel, Decline and Fall (1928) recounts the misfortunes that plague Paul Pennyfeather, from his dismissal from Oxford for "indecent behavior," to a miserable term as master at a public school, to his disastrous betrothal to a wealthy socialite, and finally to his incarceration, death, and resurrection. The road to his ruin is populated with satiric send ups of typical literary characters, many of whom are as indestructible as Paul himself [...]

    15. A delightfully savage satire on the English public school system. When a young man is de-pantsed as part of an upperclass prank, he is "sent down" and finds a job at a Welsh public school. He winds up being a Candide-type of character as he winds up in prison and finally breaks out into the clear.

    16. Waugh's first novel is a wonderful satirical dark comedy, with no shortage of humorous characters. Be prepared for some racist and plenty of politically incorrectness. Paul Pennyfeather is sent down from Scone College for 'indecent behavior' and is disowned by his guardian. In need of money, he manages to get a job as a teacher at Llanabba, a small boys school in Wales. At Llanabba, Paul finds his own method of getting along with the boys and faculty members, often with hilarious results. But le [...]

    17. Very funny…very quirky…then a bit thought provoking. The Welsh take a big hit--from the language to a band that only can play "Men of Harlech." The "N-word" is used conspicuously in one chapter, but the joke turns out to be on anyone who is offended. Schoolmasters, and the British schools system -- and their relation to the English class system -- are ridiculed hilariously throughout. I believe this was Waugh's first book; written while he was a schoolmaster, hating the job. As Waugh imagine [...]

    18. An improbable, but comic, tale of Paul Pennyfeather, wrongly sent down from Oxford, and his subsequent adventures as a teacher in a very dubious private school, love with an older heiress, prison and Reggie-Perrin style "death".This was Waugh's first novel, but in places it's like a caricature of his (not yet written) "Brideshead Revisited".

    19. According to the introduction to the Penguin edition, referring to his own work Waugh said ‘I regard writing not as investigation of character but as an exercise in the use of language, and with this I am obsessed. I have no technical psychological interest. It is drama, speech and events that interest me.’Yet he is very precise in his depiction of English class conscious society. Witty, funny, and piercingly critical, it portrays in Paul Pennyfeather the stereotypical, quintessential Englis [...]

    20. Evelyn Waugh's first novel, Decline and Fall, is a delightful satiric comedy. It is based in part on Waugh's undergraduate years at Hertford College, Oxford, and his experience as a teacher in Wales. He is sent down from Oxford and as a result takes a position at the Llanabba school in Wales. The school itself is dingy, depressing, and seems always on the verge of coming apart at the seams. The masters, Captain Grimes, Mr. Prendergast, and Paul, are all unqualified for their positions, the stude [...]

    21. I have been re-visiting books which I read in my youth. This is an interesting activity. I began reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles in this vein, only to find that I had never read it in the first place. More about that later. Reading 'Decline and Fall' which I probably read while I was at Oxford, and generally a fan of Waugh's use of language I was preparing myself for a treat. I was ready to luxuriate back into a bubble-bath of wit. I recalled the opening scenes of the Bollinger Club (so opport [...]

    22. Decline And Fall is Waugh at his most piercing, polemical and disturbing. The cast of irredeemable characters behaving outrageously and voicing opinions of such venom and prejudice makes for unsettling - yet hilarious - reading. Unlike lesser haters, Waugh doesn't secretly love or admire them, he hates them all. It's difficult to unpick the authorial voice from the ridiculous views of some of the most preposterous protagonists, and this is the charm of the work - you won't read it and feel uplif [...]

    23. Decline and Fall presents us with Paul Pennyfeather, a young man sent away from Oxford for performing ‘a naked dance.’ After his inheritance is withheld, he resorts to teaching at a school with very funny students, all boys. It’s here that he meets the mother of one of his students (Peter), a lady named Margot. This chance meeting marks his descent into obscurity, characterized first by the promise of marriage to the wealthy Margot, but soon shattered by the arrest he suffers due to Margot [...]

    24. “Decline and Fall” is Waugh’s first novel, published when he was a young man in his twenties, and it launched him as giddily as a bottle of Veuve Cliquot smashed against a newly-minted battleship. The novel is brimming with comic talent, energy and an irresistible urge to poke fun at the establishment --- a perfect embodiment of the generation of the Bright Young Things. Here, Waugh takes his satiric scalpel to British provincial education, the British worship of sports, British liberal re [...]

    25. I did not like this book AT ALL!!I recently watched the BBC adaptation of Decline & Fall and I found it rather funny and charming, the book however is not funny, is highly racist and above all, boring. Now Mr. Evelyn Waugh is indeed a nice writer, Brideshead Revisited is a fantastic novel but you'd barely even know that this was written by the same person. This is only a 300 page novel but damn it was a slug to get through, so many times I thought about putting it down but I persevered in th [...]

    26. If I were to write, I would like to have as my 1st novel Decline & Fall. Waugh was a bitchy observer, who easily melded what he saw into fiction. He managed to fall into the Bright Young Things crowd and thus be invited to cocktail parties and weekend parties at country estates. The eccentric, the buffoon and witty would shine for another decade before WW2 would sweep it all away. There might have been a brief resurgence during the 80s, but the wit was never there – just the wanton greed.T [...]

    27. Decline and Fall è un romanzo inglese. Ora, voi direte: questa è un po’ la scoperta dell’acqua calda. Allora preciserò: è un romanzo profondamente inglese, di quelli inglesi fino al midollo. Tanto da essere giocato tutto su quella sottile tecnica che loro definiscono humor satirico. Ecco: è una satira inglese. Diciamolo: a volte, è così forzato nel suo insistere su queste assurde vicende che pure la satira che all’inizio ha una forte capacità attrattiva, finisce con il diventare st [...]

    28. 3.5 StarsIt’s been a while since I last read any Evelyn Waugh (probably more than five years in fact), but the recent appearance in the TV schedules of the BBC adaptation of Decline and Fall prompted me to pick him up again. First published in the late 1920s, Decline and Fall was Waugh’s debut novel, a cutting satire which took as its target Britain’s class-conscious society, in particular, the establishment or powers that be and their outrageous codes of behaviour.The novel focuses on a y [...]

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