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Put Out More Flags Upper class scoundrel Basil Seal, mad, bad, and dangerous to know, creates havoc wherever he goes, much to the despair of the three women in his life his sister, his mother, and his mistress When Neville Chamberlain declares war on Germany, it seems the perfect opportunity for action and adventure So Basil follows the call to arms and sets forth to enjoy his finest hour as a war hero Basil s instincts for self preservation come to the fore as he insinuates himself into the Ministry of Information and a little known section of Military Security With Europe frozen in the phoney war, when will Basil s big chance to fight finally arrive


10 thoughts on “Put Out More Flags

  1. Craig Craig says:

    I suspect Basil Seal and Bertie Wooster are two versions of the same person Bertie is the one that shows up in stories for polite company Basil is the one that shows up in court transcripts.


  2. Gary Inbinder Gary Inbinder says:

    Published in 1942, Put Out More Flags, brings back characters from earlier Waugh novels, including some of the Bright Young People from Vile Bodies and the caddish Basil Seal from Black Mischief Waugh s interwar coterie of socialites, who lived for partying and pleasure, were among the generation who paid the price for not taking life, including the threat of Hitler s Germany, s


  3. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    I recently read, and very much enjoyed Sword of Honour, like this book, Sword of Honour is a satirical novel about World War Two The books that comprise the Sword of Honour trilogy were written in the 1950s and 1960s when Evelyn Waugh was able to put World War Two into some kind of perspective Sword of Honour also happens to be one of Evelyn Waugh s masterpieces Put Out More Flag


  4. Jason Goodwin Jason Goodwin says:

    Thank God for Waugh Going back to him it must be ten years since I ve read any is like emerging from a Turkish bath, alive in every pore, your senses quickened and joie de vivre restored The dialogue is brilliant, the characters sad, odious, weak, shabbily noble all of them brilliantly anatomised Waugh s sympathies are huge and yet in life such a splenetic and selfish man and his


  5. Mark Mark says:

    War has been declared and the the privileged Upper Classes, already feeling the pinch, must now draw in their horns even further, and lay off their domestic servants and reduce the number of butlers, footmen and gardeners But some of theirenterprising staff have already seen their opportunity war presents, and Barbara Seal s maids at Malfrey display plenty of get up and go, Edith a


  6. Jim Jim says:

    What a strange novel It starts showing the adventurers of a lot of ne er do wells trying to avoid doing anything serious for the Great Boer War as some of them call it Included are characters from Evelyn Waugh s earlier novels such as Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies, and Black Mischief.They whirl around trying not to get their fingers burnt, but eventually the war calls out to them, a


  7. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    The general image of Britain at the beginning of the second World War is very different from the polite, quietly ridiculous society portrayed here The story follows an aging rascal Basil, who I came to hate , his aristocratic family, and his friend Ambrose, a flamboyantly gay writer The talk is witty, the characters vivid, and the plot mostly serves to show how wrong all the experts


  8. Leslie Leslie says:

    Evelyn Waugh s look at the first year of Britain s involvement in WW2 revolves around Basil Seal Seal and his friends family are typical Waugh characters and his depiction of the Ministry of Information was hilarious It is an interesting look at how many Brits felt at the beginning of the war, an attitude easily forgotten in the events that followed Evelyn Waugh s look at the first ye


  9. Priscilla Priscilla says:

    Waugh is clearly a masterful writer and there were parts that I found funny I can understand why some may really enjoy and even love this book, but his satire of the British aristocracy during the phony war just didn t draw me in I also found his portrayal of women lacking.


  10. Joel Joel says:

    This is a satirical comedy looking at how a group of upper class English socialites respond to the beginning of WWII It bridges the gap quite nicely between the social class Waugh first began satirising in Vile Bodies which itself anticipated the Second World War by a number of years and the romanticisation of the pre War period and incorporation of deeper religious themes which Waugh a


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