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    The best way to describe this book in a word or two is to ask you to imagine MASH played out with aristocratic gentlemen and high ranking but inept military figures in a British milieu Less plebeian posh a bit sophisticated uite simp

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    ‘Men at Arms’ 1952 by Evelyn Waugh is the first part of Waugh’s ‘Sword of Honour’ trilogy of books along with ‘Officers and Gentleme

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    Part 1 of Sword of HonourWhat fun a bit like a cross between MASH PG Wodehouse and BridesheadAn upper class British Catholic divorcé leaves his home in Italy at the start of WW2 to try to join the army and eventually succeedsThe story is populated by uirky characters and strange coincidences with glimpses of poignancy Most of the characters are in a perpetual state of genial incomprehension and incompetenceWaugh served in WW2 an

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    If you like me have been reared on tales of the second World War as the just and virtuous struggle of the greatest generation Evelyn Waugh's arch novels based loosely on his own war experiences are an important and darkly enjoyable filling out of that two dimensional view The stakes here are still high But the inevitable absurdities and inhumanities of a huge bureaucracy trying to lurch itself into action is here too As

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    After having been somewhat underwhelmed with Waugh's Decline and Fall I had modest expectations for Men at Arms but I ended up really

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    The ‘Sword of Honour’ is a World War Two trilogy that wonderfully evokes time and place and the delightful insouciance of its central character Guy Crouchback makes him a reliable narrator The series chronicles many aspects of wa

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    Pious innocuous nebbishy Guy Crouchback last scion of an ancient and undistinguished Catholic family of the English landed gentry decides to join the war effort in 1939 as a second lieutenant despite his middle age and lack of military exper

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    uite unlike any other book about WWII that I have read A bit dry at times but also extremely funnyWhile I didn't care terribly much for the cha

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    The best thing about finishing this book is knowing that as the first in a trilogy I can take the next two off my TBR and make room for other books

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    ENGLISH First part of Waugh's trilogy about the Second World War in the same line as the Prologue and Epilogue of Brideshead Revisited a scathing but constructive critic of the British army with due respect for the instituti

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D of Honour which chronicles the fortunes of Guy Crouchback The second and third volumes Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender are also published in Penguin Modern Classic. uite unlike any other book about WWII that I have read A bit dry at times but also extremely funnyWhile I didn t care terribly much for the character of Guy Crouchback I found him a bit of a depressing bore the book was saved by the antics of Apthorpe The thunder box incident is probably the most entertaining and memorable thing I have read in a long time The White Nights of Ramadan uite

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Guy Crouchback determined to get into the war takes a commission in the Royal Corps of Halberdiers His spirits high he sees all the trimmings but none of the action And his first campa. The best way to describe this book in a word or two is to ask you to imagine MASH played out with aristocratic gentlemen and high ranking but inept military figures in a British milieu Less plebeian posh a bit sophisticated uite simply British rather than American It offers a sharp criticism of war and of the military Isn t it better to deliver a message through humor rather than through a didactic sermon or a lecture The humor is a mix of satire with a message and simple laugh out loud amusing scenarios I am sure you are going to crack a smile when you read about officer Apthorpe s thunderbox You don t know what a thunderbox is Figuring this out is part of the fun British idioms abound For the most part they are not difficult to get a handle on from the contextMen at Arms is the first of a trilogy the second and the third being Officers and Gentlemen followed by Unconditional Surrender In 1965 the three were revised and collected into a one volume edition The Sword of Honour Trilogy It is this version Waugh recommended It was not available to meThe books are a fictionalized version of Waugh s experiences during the Second World War The three stories belong together stopping somewhere in the middle is not an alternative It is impossible to accurately rate the first book separately but at this point I have opted out for three stars I like it enough to want to continue I sense the beginning of a change in the central figure s personality I am curious to see where this will leadChristian Rodska narrates the three separate audiobooks He dramatizes He dramatizes in spades At times the dramatization is superb I like how he performs the lines of Apthorpe referred to above and Guy the central character and substitute for Waugh Other military figures are blatantly exaggerated to further enhance the satire This is not always pleasant to listen to The listening experience is on the other hand immersive if that is what you are looking for Some words are impossible to decipher no matter how many times you rewind and relisten The narration I have given three starsOn concluding this I have immediately begun the next in the series Brideshead Revisited 4 starsDecline and Fall 3 starsA Handful of Dust 2 starsThe Sword of Honour TrilogyorMen at Arms 3 starsOfficers and Gentlemen 2 starsUnconditional Surrender not for meScoop TBR Electing Judges uite simply British rather than American It offers a sharp criticism of war and of the military Isn t it better to deliver a message through humor rather than through a didactic sermon or a lecture The humor is a mix of satire with a message and simple laugh out loud amusing scenarios I am sure you are going to crack a smile when you read about officer Apthorpe s thunderbox You don t know what a thunderbox is Figuring this out is part of the fun British idioms abound For the most part they are not difficult to get a handle on from the contextMen at Arms is the first of a trilogy the second and the third being Officers and Gentlemen followed by Unconditional Surrender In 1965 the three were revised and collected into a one volume edition The Sword of Honour Trilogy It is this version Waugh recommended It was not available to meThe books are a fictionalized version of Waugh s experiences during the Second World War The three stories belong together stopping somewhere in the middle is not an alternative It is impossible to accurately rate the first book separately but at this point I have opted out for three stars I like it enough to want to continue I sense the beginning of a change in the central figure s personality I am curious to see where this will leadChristian Rodska narrates the three separate audiobooks He dramatizes He dramatizes in spades At times the dramatization is superb I like how he performs the lines of Apthorpe referred to above and Guy the central character and substitute for Waugh Other military figures are blatantly exaggerated to further enhance the satire This is not always pleasant to listen to The listening experience is on the other hand immersive if that is what you are looking for Some words are impossible to decipher no matter how many times you rewind and relisten The narration I have given three starsOn concluding this I have immediately begun the next in the series Brideshead Revisited 4 starsDecline and Fall 3 starsA Handful of Dust 2 starsThe Sword of Honour TrilogyorMen at Arms 3 starsOfficers and Gentlemen 2 starsUnconditional Surrender not for meScoop TBR

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Ign an abortive affair on the West African coastline ends with an escapade which seriously blots his Halberdier copybook Men at Arms is the first book in Waugh's brilliant trilogy Swor. The Sword of Honour is a World War Two trilogy that wonderfully evokes time and place and the delightful insouciance of its central character Guy Crouchback makes him a reliable narrator The series chronicles many aspects of war not necessarily visible in other WW2 writings like the way the British class system played out in separating the officers from the rank and file and occasioned the setting up of hierarchical structures in the British Army negating much of its efficacy as a fighting unit So much of Evelyn Waugh s wonderful writing is founded on his characterisation based upon acute observation of amusing and bizarre personalities Waugh s own diaries show his personal life was chaotic with a failed marriage behind him after being cuckolded by a beautiful society wife and an awkwardness with his own children and his utter contempt for so many of his set He was himself cantankerous mischievous and spiteful and he merely played at being a country gentlemen although his family was of ancient lineage and was disowned by many of his associates and acuaintances And his writing in Men at Arms is as usual as sharp as a surgeon s scalpel withering and scathing in pointing out pomposity and bunkumIn Bellamy s his London club we learn of Guy s matrimonial difficulties in choosing Virginia a wrong un who proved to be a bolter As Guy passed a member who greeted him another turned and asked Who was that Someone new isn t it No he s belonged for ages You ll never guess who he is Virginia Troy s first husband Really I thought she was married to Tommy Blackhouse This chap was before Tommy Can t remember his name I think he lives in Kenya Tommy took her from him then Gussie had her for a bit then Bert Troy picked her up when she was going spare