Men at Arms

Men at Arms 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 campaign an abort

  • Title: Men at Arms
  • Author: Evelyn Waugh
  • ISBN: 9780141185736
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 campaign, 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, SwGuy 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 campaign, 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, Sword 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 Sword of Honour has recently been made into a television drama series, with screenplay by William Boyd.

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    1. Evelyn Waugh s father Arthur was a noted editor and publisher His only sibling Alec also became a writer of note In fact, his book The Loom of Youth 1917 a novel about his old boarding school Sherborne caused Evelyn to be expelled from there and placed at Lancing College He said of his time there, the whole of English education when I was brought up was to produce prose writers it was all we were taught, really He went on to Hertford College, Oxford, where he read History When asked if he took up any sports there he quipped, I drank for Hertford In 1924 Waugh left Oxford without taking his degree After inglorious stints as a school teacher he was dismissed for trying to seduce a school matron and or inebriation , an apprentice cabinet maker and journalist, he wrote and had published his first novel, Decline and Fall in 1928 In 1928 he married Evelyn Gardiner She proved unfaithful, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1930 Waugh would derive parts of A Handful of Dust from this unhappy time His second marriage to Audrey Herbert lasted the rest of his life and begat seven children It was during this time that he converted to Catholicism During the thirties Waugh produced one gem after another From this decade come Vile Bodies 1930 , Black Mischief 1932 , the incomparable A Handful of Dust 1934 and Scoop 1938 After the Second World War he published what is for many his masterpiece, Brideshead Revisited, in which his Catholicism took centre stage The Loved One a scathing satire of the American death industry followed in 1947 After publishing his Sword of Honour Trilogy about his experiences in World War II Men at Arms 1952 , Officers and Gentlemen 1955 , Unconditional Surrender 1961 his career was seen to be on the wane In fact, Basil Seal Rides Again 1963 his last published novel received little critical or commercial attention Evelyn Waugh, considered by many to be the greatest satirical novelist of his day, died on 10 April 1966 at the age of 62.See enpedia wiki Evelyn_W

    2. ‘Men at Arms’ (1952) by Evelyn Waugh is the first part of Waugh’s ‘Sword of Honour’ trilogy of books (along with ‘Officers and Gentlemen’ and ‘Unconditional Surrender’).‘Men at Arms’ tells the story of Guy Crouchback and his endeavours to, in his way – play his part, do his bit and get actively involved in World War II and The British Army.Unfortunately, I struggled to engage with either the narrative or the main protagonist. ‘Men at Arms’ is a novel that reads, at le [...]

    3. Waugh, Evelyn. MEN AT ARMS. (1952). ****. Taken along with his next two novels, this is the first part of a trilogy by Waugh later collected under the title, “Sword of Honour,” in 1965. I can finally read them in order after all these years – I hope. Waugh originally intended the three novels to be read together, even though their publication was about a decade apart. There are continuing characters and situations throughout the three, and, though the scenes change, the story maintains its [...]

    4. After having been somewhat underwhelmed with Waugh's Decline and Fall, I had modest expectations for Men at Arms, but I ended up really enjoying it, and anticipate reading the last two books of the Sword of Honour (no omitting U's, please, we're British) trilogy. Full of dry and absurd humor, and infused with the gravity of World War II, the book follows in serial form the misadventures of our protagonist, Guy Crouchback, as he transitions from dreaming of playing solider to facing the daily mun [...]

    5. 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 the first novel of the Sword of Honor trilogy nears its climax, of [...]

    6. Winner of the 1952 James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Britain’s oldest literary award, Men At Arms is the first part of Waugh’s The Sword of Honour Trilogy , his look at the Second World War. It follows Guy Crouchback, the nearly-forty-year-old son of an English aristocratic family who manages to get accepted to officers training in the early part of 1940, and is eventually posted to Dakar in Senegal West Africa. While there, he inadvertently poisons one of his fellow officers and is sent home [...]

    7. Първата ми среща с Ивлин Уо, която в никакъв случай няма да остане последна. Единственото, за което съжалявам, е че не е преведена цялата трилогия (поне аз не открих издания у нас), а само първата й част."Във всеоръжие" е увлекателно поднесен поглед към ІІСВ и наситена с действ [...]

    8. This is the first leg of Waugh's semi-autobiographical WWII trilogy. In it our hero (or is he an antihero?) Guy, aged 36, plots and schemes his way into an obscure Army regiment. Most of the book is taken up with training escapades. The novel is not absurdist at the level of Catch-22, but it nevertheless contains quite a few absurd scenarios. You can see why the regiment spends 300 pages planning for war instead of being send to France to fight the actual war! By the end of the novel they do eng [...]

    9. 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 experience. It give some purpose to his life, after his wife abandoned him for a series of subsequent exciting husbands. He has some trouble finding a regiment that will take him, but finally gets into officer training with the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. He [...]

    10. I am very found of Evelyn Waugh's writing and this year I have decided to tackle the Sword of Honor trilogy, and I have just finished the first volume, Men At Arms (1952). It is the story of 35 year old Guy Crouchback's enlistment into the military at the start of World War II. It is said to have been based on Waugh's own experiences as an older man enlisting. It is something of a British "Catch-22" in the satire and absurdities of the military. That being said it is almost more the story of Cro [...]

    11. Listened to the audiobook. Outstanding. Guy Crouchback has become one of my favorite literary characters, and the themes of religious devotion, military duty, and love of homeland were worked into the story wonderfully well, and with healthy doses of irony and wit. The chaos, muddle, and waste of war, even when not in combat, are expertly depicted. Incidentally, the first thing by Waugh that I've ever read. Looking forward to the other two books in the trilogy.

    12. Men at Arms is satirical. We follow an idealistic Guy as he leaves his Italian castle, visits a crusader saint and sets off to England to fight for his country, Christian values (as he sees them) and his honour. At first his country does not seem to want him, but eventually he becomes a trainee officer in an old and very traditional regiment. He does not have an exciting war, the Nazis overrun northern Europe before he gets to France and there is a lot of apparently pointless moving about and ch [...]

    13. I came upon the phrase "Bildungsroman" in a piece of Litcrit the other day. It is used to describe the novel as psychological development of the principle character. Guy Crouchback needs development and aspires to greatness by becoming a war hero. In three novels he is dissected and reconstructed, not necessarily as a better man but as a better human being. As with all Waugh it is the precision of the writing that I adore and the Trilogy is, I think, his greatest achievment better even than Brid [...]

    14. It's Catch-22: the Catholic version. Basically, the major theme is the futility of modern bureaucracy but I think it's a critique of stringent traditions as well or maybe that traditions and modernity are incompatible.Interesting insights about manning up and how we are emasculated by society and women.I'm not sure if Apthorpe is supposed to be a hero or an example of what's wrong with tradition.The language barrier is quite immense. I had problems getting into it at the beginning but it became [...]

    15. Само не разбрах - така ли е било, както го описва Уо или той жестоко се подиграва с нефелността и безсилието на една прогнила империяИ докато някои си играят на войници, други оставят костите си по кървавите полета на ВСВ. Във всеоръжие властват безумието, парвенющината и но [...]

    16. Sword of Honour by Evelyn Waugh, adapted for The BBC9 out of 10Notes and thoughts on other books are available at:- youtube/playlist?list and realini/Evelyn Waugh is one of my favorite authors and the author has masterpieces included on the lists of the best books:- A Handful of Dust, Scoop, Brideshead Revisited These three are on The Modern Library list of 100 Best Novels, which includes the best works written in the last century:- modernlibrary/top-100/Guy Crouchback is the hero of the narrati [...]

    17. I'd heard several sources recommend Evelyn Waugh as a writer, so I picked up his semi-autobiographical war novel Men at Arms to find out what all the fuss was about. After finishing it, I'm still not sure I have an answer. I'd been told he was a master of English prose, and I believe it; I'd been told he was a good storyteller, and I believe it; I'd been told he was funny, and I believe it. So all in all it made pretty good reading. But I was hoping for something more-- a "there there" as some s [...]

    18. The first novel Waugh's trilogy Sword of Honor, this one essentially provides an account of Guy Crouchback's training in the military at the start of World War II. In many ways, the timeline matches that in Waugh's own life. Too young to fight in World War I and too old to fight in World War II, Waugh/Crouchback joined a untraditional group of soldiers for officer training.Crouchback is divorced without kids. He suffers from a kind of feeling of worthlessness of life. The military, fighting for [...]

    19. Ok. This is not a great book, but it's not a poor book either. The problem is that just when you think it might burst into something good, it drops back down into mediocrity. I was expecting a lot, being a big fan of Brideshead, and the writing is good, after all it is Waugh. The characters are not bad either. The problem is with the story, it is just all over the place, it constantly changes direction. I did like it in parts, there are some quite humorous characters and situations. It is also a [...]

    20. So Waugh was kind of an asshole and into some pretty lousy ideas. And the protagonist here, Guy Crouchback, is an author insert in that he's an English gentleman with very romantic ideas of honour and sacrifice. In that sense, there's sort of a tragic quality to Crouchback's (and thus Waugh's) felt inability to adjust to rapidly-changing English society, but you don't have to sympathize with the author's traditionalist politics to enjoy the book because it's just very, very funny.

    21. This book is marred by a disgustingly racist episode towards the end. Not only is the episode not funny, it completely destroys the opposition Waugh sets up between his unsympathetic characters and his sympathetic ones. No one seems outraged by the incident, and so the whole moral structure of the book falls apart.

    22. A satirical look at an officer in the Second World War. Guy Crouchbank is an impoverished aristocrat, Catholic, divorced and with a conscience. Men at Arms is the first of the Sword of Honour trilogy. At times laugh out funny and also poignant in places. The madness of army bureaucracy and the joy of a mad brigadier. Well worth a read just to enjoy the thunderbox episode.

    23. I felt the glare of Ritchie-Hook's single mad glittering eye - I had a gin and vermouth in Bellamys after blackout - I watched a tear course down Apthorpe's colourless cheek - like Guy Crouchback, I lamented the folly and wickedness of the world

    24. A real 'don't know whether to laugh or cry' book. My only reservation is the insistence on Guy being middle-aged - at 35! But that's just personal. It's beautifully written, with some real moments of shock horror. It's not exactly an easy read but worth it.

    25. Maybe my poor rating isn't fair. I had just finished In Harm's Way, The Dyess Story, and am reading Lone Survivor, and here is this book, set in WWII, and mainly concerned with social status. It just didn't sit well with me. I found it boring and I like Waugh. Can't win em all.

    26. A (mostly) lighthearted satire of British armed forces training (particularly the old and traditional bits). Just as funny but not as depressing as Brideshead Revisited.

    27. Enjoyed this- well written though not that much really happens. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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