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"
Perhaps THE classic satire of newspapers and newspapermen. Riotously funny, beautifully written and unerringly accurate.
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!
Cadell is brilliant - diffident, quietly expressive and a pleasure to listen to.
When the Beast put the Boot in
real life journalism from mid 30''s where news was news not opinions or leaks. Humorous and at times surreal with character creation
"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.
"Does this need editing?"
This is an entertaining listen but, and it is an enormous but, the thing is ghastly racist. The central section in Africa is full of jokes at the expense of Africans which made me cringe.
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