"Waugh's finest achievement." - New York TimesAnd a blurb on the back agrees:
"This is Waugh's best. Can one say more of genius?"Very well. But look what happens when you turn to the final page, the one labeled "Also by Evelyn Waugh":
- E.L. Lewis, Library Journal
DECLINE AND FALLI think this collection of praise is meant to make me want to read one, or all, of these reputed masterworks, but all that contradictory hyperbole leaves me feeling a bit dizzy. I have the uneasy sense that, when I close this book and put it back on the shelf, the various reviewers will begin to argue among themselves. I am tempted to maintain my conscientious objector status.
"One of Evelyn Waugh's best..." - New York Times Book Review
A HANDFUL OF DUST
"...Unquestionably the best book Mr. Waugh has written."
- Saturday Review
THE LOVED ONE
"...Mr. Waugh has never written more brilliantly."
- New York Times
Supposing I do decide to read on, maybe you can advise me: What's your favorite Waugh? ...Ha ha, only joking! If God meant us to read, He wouldn't have given us television. I won't fight the zeitgeist: What's your favorite miniseries?