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Discovers new purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war overwhelming Though often somber Sword of Honor is also a brilliant comedy peopled by the fantastic f. Men at Arms 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 and if his experience was anything like what was described it's amazing that we won However there are clearly some parallels as the book is peppered with mentions of specific dates and events helpfully explained in footnotes in my editionApthorpe's too literal thunderbox the old colonel that should have retired but no one uite wants to tell him he's not needed any bizarre and nonsensical bureaucracy all beautifully writtenAnd best of all there are two seuels let's hope they're as goodOfficers and Gentlemen Part 2 of Sword of HonourIn many ways this is very similar to the previous book about Guy Crouchback of the Halberdiers soldiers being resigned to the comic ineptitude of their commanders and all sorts of intriguing characters However this volume has about the tactics and experience of war so that I did slightly lose track in places despite all the historical footnotes and less outright comedy less of life back home less Catholic angst less Catholicism altogether etc The loucheness in Alexandria was good and accidental heroics of view spoilerblowing up a railway in occupied France because they failed to find the Channel Island they were looking for hide spoiler Droit musulman - Des successions: D'après les différents rites, et plus particulièrement d'après le rite hanafite purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war overwhelming Though often somber Sword of Honor is also a brilliant comedy Ramadan rariq - Les musulmans dans la laïcité responsabilités et droits des musulmans dans les sociétés occidentales deuxième édition peopled by the fantastic f. Men at Arms 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 Contingency in a Sacred Law: Legal and Ethical Norms in the Muslim Fiqh populated by uirky characters and strange coincidences with glimpses of Fondamentalismes, intégrismes : Une menace pour les droits de l'homme poignancy Most of the characters are in a Etude Sur La Theorie Du Droit Musulman, Volume 1 - Primary Source Edition perpetual state of genial incomprehension and incompetenceWaugh served in WW2 and if his experience was anything like what was described it's amazing that we won However there are clearly some Le contrat d'entreprise en droit arabe: cas de l'Égypte: avec les dispositions des principaux codes arabes en différentes langues parallels as the book is Observance des Droits de Dieu (l') peppered with mentions of specific dates and events helpfully explained in footnotes in my editionApthorpe's too literal thunderbox the old colonel that should have retired but no one uite wants to tell him he's not needed any bizarre and nonsensical bureaucracy all beautifully writtenAnd best of all there are two seuels let's hope they're as goodOfficers and Gentlemen Part 2 of Sword of HonourIn many ways this is very similar to the L'Empire ottoman et l'Europe (TEMPUS t. 697) previous book about Guy Crouchback of the Halberdiers soldiers being resigned to the comic ineptitude of their commanders and all sorts of intriguing characters However this volume has about the tactics and experience of war so that I did slightly lose track in La Mecque : Des origines à nos jours places despite all the historical footnotes and less outright comedy less of life back home less Catholic angst less Catholicism altogether etc The loucheness in Alexandria was good and accidental heroics of view spoilerblowing up a railway in occupied France because they failed to find the Channel Island they were looking for hide spoiler

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Igures so familiar from Waugh's early satires The deepest pleasures these novels afford come from observing a great satiric writer employ his gifts with extraordinary subtlety delicacy and human feeling for purposes that are ultimately anything but satir. In my opinion the masterwork of 20th century English fiction 'Brideshead' lent itself to million dollar TV adaptation but the books 'Men At Arms' 'Officers And Gentlemen' and 'Unconditional Surrender' are almost too good for TV or screen There was a fine and now lost TV version in the 60s with Edward Woodward as Crouchback and host of character actors including Ronald Fraser as Apthorpe playing the supporting parts and an all too brief 2001 version for TV with Daniel craig as Crouchback The nuances the subtleties the acute observations of English social niceties and the bitterness that unites and divides us are almost impossible to portray on screen In terms of characterisation Crouchback is almost but not uite a non entity He bestrides the novel almost as a catalyst for all the other characters to react to The novel is genuinely funny but the humour is usually the humour of cruelty If you have tears to shed shed them now the death of Apthorpe is heartbreaking There is real warmth the great recurring shape of Colonel 'Jumbo' Trotter lumbers through the novel popping up now and again like a lost but welcome friend There is political intrigue religious bigotry heroism deception cynicism on an almost industrial scale but it remains right at the top of my 'never be seaparated from' list Fondamentalismes, intégrismes : Une menace pour les droits de l'homme pleasures these novels afford come from observing a great satiric writer employ his gifts with extraordinary subtlety delicacy and human feeling for Etude Sur La Theorie Du Droit Musulman, Volume 1 - Primary Source Edition purposes that are ultimately anything but satir. In my opinion the masterwork of 20th century English fiction 'Brideshead' lent itself to million dollar TV adaptation but the books 'Men At Arms' 'Officers And Gentlemen' and 'Unconditional Surrender' are almost too good for TV or screen There was a fine and now lost TV version in the 60s with Edward Woodward as Crouchback and host of character actors including Ronald Fraser as Apthorpe Le contrat d'entreprise en droit arabe: cas de l'Égypte: avec les dispositions des principaux codes arabes en différentes langues playing the supporting Observance des Droits de Dieu (l') parts and an all too brief 2001 version for TV with Daniel craig as Crouchback The nuances the subtleties the acute observations of English social niceties and the bitterness that unites and divides us are almost impossible to L'Empire ottoman et l'Europe (TEMPUS t. 697) portray on screen In terms of characterisation Crouchback is almost but not uite a non entity He bestrides the novel almost as a catalyst for all the other characters to react to The novel is genuinely funny but the humour is usually the humour of cruelty If you have tears to shed shed them now the death of Apthorpe is heartbreaking There is real warmth the great recurring shape of Colonel 'Jumbo' Trotter lumbers through the novel La Mecque : Des origines à nos jours popping up now and again like a lost but welcome friend There is L'Islam pour les Nuls poche political intrigue religious bigotry heroism deception cynicism on an almost industrial scale but it remains right at the top of my 'never be seaparated from' list

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This trilogy spanning World War II based in part on Evelyn Waugh's own experiences as an army officer is the author's surpassing achievement as a novelist Its central character is Guy Crouchback head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family who at first. 1 Men At Arms 3This first part of what was originally a trilogy was uite uneven for me Guy Crouchback is a well intentioned though ineffective man who in his late 30s joins the army to 'do his bit' The opening section in training is the funniest with the farcical episode of Apthorpe and his 'thunder box' being especially hilarious But there are long sections where Guy is shunted around aimlessly or himself goes off on a uest to locate the owner of a legacy for which he has taken responsibility which are dullThe bureaucracy and confusion of a national military force being mobilised is conveyed but there's also an old fashioned sense of the army being led by old buffers who inhabit privileged clubs in Piccadilly which perhaps gives a skewed view of the British war effort the officers who see Dunkirk as 'running away' for example There's a typically Waughesian episode on the Isle of Mugg which lifts things towards the end but I'm finding this looser and less sharp than I expected 3 stars for this first volume2 Officers and Gentlemen 3In this second part Guy manages to both take an active part in the war and to gain some warmth from me His concern for a dead man on Crete finally made him come to life as a person and not just a PoV character there to offer up a detached observation on the war and a filter for Waugh's own views His joy at being greeted with welcome by his old Halberdier company and his ability to remember the name of at least one man serving under him helped And the description of the chaotic retreat from Crete is well done though it's uite opaue as to what happens while Guy is delirious With Virginia back on the scene I thought this book had turned around for me until the German invasion of Russia happens in the background and Guy's reaction turned me against him all over again two years before when he read of the Russo German alliance when a decade of shame seemed to be ending in light and reason when the Enemy was plain in view huge and hateful all disguise cast off; now that hallucination was dissolved and he was back in the old ambiguous world and his country was led blundering into dishonour To write off the deaths of 20m Russians in the struggle against Hitler as a British alliance of 'dishonour' seems extraordinary to me For all the fine writing the humour the tragedy and pathos fundamentally I just can't get on with Waugh's reactionary political views which are on full display here He despises the Russians the Americans who are arriving in London anyone working or middle class anything that speaks to a sweeping away of old and entrenched social hierarchies and aristocratic values and uite a few women I can't share Waugh's politics or misanthropy but I'm interested enough to finish the trilogy3 Unconditional Surrender 2This third and final part went downhill for me as it becomes increasingly episodic and picaresue Yet again Guy is hanging around London looking for a job yet again he bumbles through his training and injures his knee yep again Things pick up when he gets sent to Yugoslavia to liaise with communist partisans fighting fascism and we have another of those brief moments like the one in Crete where Guy actually comes to life and shows some compassion for the Jewish refugees with whom he's confronted But that's soon over For someone who's supposedly concerned with his Catholic spiritual welfare I find Guy remarkably emotionally cold and uncaring view spoiler'Virginia has been killed Peregrine too The news did not affect Guy greatly' hide spoiler