This week s Top 10s book column in the Guardian looks at hunting scenes and includes Brideshead Revisited: Sebastian Flyte shows that he is going to be a
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, Dec 4, 2011
This week's Top 10s book column in the Guardian looks at hunting scenes and includes Brideshead Revisited:
"Sebastian Flyte shows that he is going to be a dutiful member of his family by riding to hounds. After a bumper stirrup cup he sets off with the other toffs over the Marchmain acres. However, it is all a ruse to escape his mother (and the other riders) in order to go off and get sloshed in a local pub."
In another of the Guardian s book columns (Top 10s) journalist Harry Mount selected his Top 10 essays. Waugh s 1938 A Call to the Orders is included along
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, Dec 4, 2011
In another of the Guardian's book columns (Top 10s) journalist Harry Mount selected his Top 10 essays. Waugh's 1938 "A Call to the Orders" is included along with essays by George Orwell (Why I Write), Isaiah Berlin (The Hedgehog and the Fox) and Johnthan Swift (A Modest Proposal):
Evelyn Waugh considered life as a printer, cabinet-maker and carpenter before becoming a novelist. He maintained an interest in the visual arts throughout his life; this plea in defence of the classical orders of architecture appeared some time after his literary success began.
The essay is full of angry argument, deep architectural knowledge and lyrical description. "The baroque has never had a place in England; its brief fashion was of short duration; it has been relegated to the holidays – a memory of the happy days in sunglasses, washing away the dust of the southern roads with heady southern wines."
You don't have to agree with the argument to be compelled by it – a rare thing in an essay.
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