Scoop : A Novel About Journalists, Paperback

Scoop : A Novel About Journalists Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series

4 out of 5 (6 ratings)


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 Smith, he feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising little war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia.

One of Waugh's most exuberant comedies, "Scoop" is a brilliantly irreverent satire of "Fleet Street" and its hectic pursuit of hot news.




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A satire of newspaper life in the inter war years, a comedy of manners and full absurdist humour. Entertaining and fun.

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this book had me cracking up laughing. waugh was a master of satire.

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as ever, Waugh's mastery of English sense of humour is super! love it!

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A satire on the motivations and manipulations of the Press. Funny. Well written. If only Waugh were alive today he would be appalled by the public's naivete and the overwhelming power of the media.

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Second time reading.<br/><br/>File this under guilty pleasures. I'm, well outraged isn't the right word, <i>made weary</i> by the dreariness of the other reviews of this book: plot summaries, gestures towards its transhistorical narratives (or towards its capturing that peculiar moment before the Nazis invaded Poland), and hamfisted comparisons to P. G. Wodehouse (different sort of writer entirely, although, hilariously, Wodehouse does get a shoutout as the plot winds down). And then, well, there's the fact that the book is <i>terribly racist.</i> It's not racist in a Mein Kampf or Turner Diaries kind of way; there's no particular program Waugh wants to push; but the novel nevertheless goes hand-in-thoughtless-hand with the postwar atrocities committed by Britain in Kenya. Is this attitude inevitable? Simply a record of its time?<br/><br/>Of course not. Don't be foolish.<br/><br/>That said, it's delightful. I'm of course reminded of A. J. Liebling's war journalism. The plot should be a model for plots everywhere. The odd mixture of affection and contempt is characteristic of the best humor writing (see, for example, <i>Diary of a Nobody</i> or <i>Cold Comfort Farm</i>). I'm going a bit too far here: it's clear that Waugh finds the expropriation of Africa's natural resources by European colonial powers distasteful. And that's something.<br/><br/>I'd suggest, however, starting with <i>The Loved One.</i>

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