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Evelyn Waugh [Pdf epub] Labels AUTHOR Evelyn Waugh

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N priests to Maltese sailors and Moroccan merchants as he cruises around the Mediterranean his pen cuts through the local color to give a highly entertaining portrait of the Englishman abro. This book is considered a classic but I didn t love it It reminded me uite a lot of Mark Twain s Innocents Abroad which I read last year and I much preferred Twain s version of his Mediterranean travels I m a lover of the Mediterranean after spending a good bit of time there myself Waugh s account of his travels felt mostly dry with a few humorous or interesting anecdotes here and there but not enough to make me love it I was glad the book wasn t any longer than it was because I was determined to finish it but it was a slowish read

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Labels AUTHOR Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh chose the name Labels for his first travel book because he said the places he visited were already fully labeled in people's mindsBut even the most seasoned traveler could not. Recently I have fully begun to appreciate the writing genius of Evelyn Waugh I always realised he was good but now I am starting to understand fully his greatness Throughout 2013 I have read or reread a number of his books along with the splendid Mad World Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead by Paula Byrne Having read all of his fiction bar Sword of Honour which I am poised to start I was keen to sample some of Evelyn Waugh s non fiction I am delighted to report that Labels 1930 is every bit as good as his wonderful fiction In Labels we join Evelyn Waugh on a trip around the Mediterranean in 1929 he travels from Europe to the middle east and north Africa Waugh chose the name Labels for this his first travel book because he thought the places he visited were already fully labelled in people s minds Despite this he brings a fresh and entertaining perspective to all that he encounters His pen captures the local colour and the amusing idiosyncrasies of being a tourist The writing is a delight and each page is full of fun amusing anecdotes and incident Even when he is bored he still manages to write about it entertainingly I look forward to reading of his travel books and of his non fictionThree things particularly struck me about this book 1 The style is very chatty humorous and self deprecating which is completely as odds with his misanthropic reputation2 His innate snobbishness results in some outrageous humour For example the cruise ship on which Waugh travels occasionally encounters another cruise ship favoured by German tourists He describes this ship as vulgar with inhabitants who are all unbelievably ugly Germans albeit dressed with great courage and enterprise eg One man wearing a morning coat white trousers and a beret3 By focusing on various minor details of his travels Waugh provides the modern reader with all kinds of fascinating insights into tourism and travel in 1929 For example the book starts with Waugh taking a flight to Paris he was one of only two passengers in a tiny plane and this mode of transport was very new and unusual at the time His detailed description of the experience is very informative about the early years of air passenger travelA very enjoyable read and at a mere 174 pages pleasingly uick and easy to read45

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Fail to be inspired by Waugh's uintessentially English attitude and his elouent and freuently outrageous wit From Europe to the Middle East and North Africa from Egyptian porters and Italia. Waugh of the world suitable light reading for a short trip to Italy this slim volume of travelogue is early Evelyn before Catholicism got him He s content with a few shrewish observations on foreigners English people abroad and the hatefulness of coy cute twee nostalgia in a way that would later be echoed by Julian Barnes The detestation of uaintness and picturesue bits which is felt by every decently constituted Englishmanhas developed naturally in self defence against arts and craftsTudor cottagescollection of pewter and oakand Ye Olde Inne and the Kynde Dragon and Ye Cheshire Cheese Broadway Stratford on Avon folk dancing nativity plays reformed dress free love in a cottage glee singing the Lyric Hammersmith Belloc Ditchling Wessex worship village signs local customs heraldry madrigals wassail regional cookery Devonshire teas letters to The Times about saving timbered almshouses from destruction the preservation of the Welsh language etc It is inevitable that English taste confronted with all these frightful menaces to its integrity should have adopted an uncompromising attitude to anything the least tainted with ye oldeness Solid scarf waving stuff


10 thoughts on “Labels AUTHOR Evelyn Waugh

  1. says:

    Recently I have fully begun to appreciate the writing genius of Evelyn Waugh I always realised he was good but now I am starting to understand fully his greatness Throughout 2013 I have read or reread a number of his books

  2. says:

    The only label I don’t likeobject to is the label “label” Take the following For Instance Radio DJ So tell us What kind of musi

  3. says:

    Published in 1930 “Labels” is Evelyn’s Waugh first travel book which was followed in 1931 by the well known “Remote People” In both location and style this is a tentative – but certainly not a less enjoyable – book Called “Labels” because all the places visited on his trip were fully labelled in travellers minds it

  4. says:

    A delightful and often hilarious account of Waugh’s tour of the Mediterranean in the winter and spring of 1929 Waugh’s sharp eye for silliness and absurdity and his acid wit are on full display as are his historical and artistic interests Some parts had me laughing out loud and the ending proved a surprisingly moving meditation on homecoming and patriotism Waugh starting from London flies to Paris his description of air travel

  5. says:

    Waugh of the world suitable light reading for a short trip to Italy this slim volume of travelogue is early Evelyn before Catholicism got him He's content with a few shrewish observations on foreigners English people abroad and the hatefulness of coy cute twee nostalgia in a way that would later be echoed by Julian Barnes The detes

  6. says:

    'What I did in the holidays' is deservedly a cliche for a tired English writing class task but when the pen writing the ac

  7. says:

    This book is considered a classic but I didn't love it It reminded me uite a lot of Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad which I read last year and I much preferred Twain's version of his Mediterranean travels I'm a lover of the Mediterranean after spending a good bit of time there myself Waugh's account of his travels felt mostly dry with a few humorous or interesting anecdotes here and there but not enough to make me love it I was glad

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    I told him to drive me to the cathedral but he took me instead to a house of evil characterWaugh made a tour of the Mediterranean by ship in 1929 with noteworthy stops in Monaco Naples Sicily Port Said Cairo Istanbul Venice

  9. says:

    Not strictly a book on Spain as it touches other countries at the time However the great writer did visit Spain and left behind some surprisingly acute observation for such a short stint For reason alone I recommend this publication to any Hispanophile keen to expand and compare their observations and learning of the countryIt is a gem of a book and its premise is masterly namely to visit those countries in the Med that have alre

  10. says:

    Entertaining description of travels through inter war Europe

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