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Put Out More Flags The Greatest Of Evelyn Waugh S Great Novels The Atlantic , Put Out More Flags Follows Several Characters From Waugh S Early Comic Novels At The Onset Of World War II In Europe 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 Este lo he le do en espa ol, pero no lo veo en GoodReads Bueno, solo decir que nada que ver con Retorno a Brideshead. 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. 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, seriously They were like first class passengers on the Titanic using shards from the fatal iceberg to chill the last of the champagne In the week which preceded the outbreak of the Second World War days of surmise and apprehension which cannot, without irony, be called the last days of peace and on the Sunday morning when all doubts were finally resolved and misconceptions corrected, three rich women thought first and mainly of Basil Seal They were his sister, his mother and his mistress What were the three rich women thinking about The following passages are revealing First, an exchange between Basil s sister Barbara Sothill and her husband Freddy, a serving officer Freddy If there d beenlike us and fewer like Basil there d never have been a war You can t blame Ribbentrop for thinking us decadent when he saw people like Basil about I don t suppose they ll have much use for him in the Army He s thirty six He might get some sort of job connected with censorship He seems to know a lot of languages Barbara You ll see Basil will be covered with medals while your silly old yeomanry are still messing in a Trust House and waiting for your tanks Next, Lady Seal, Basil s mother Now she had a son to offer her country Basil her wayward and graceless and grossly disappointing Basil, whose unaccountable taste for low company had led him into so many vexatious scrapes in the last ten years who had stolen her emeralds and made Mrs Lyne Basil s mistress distressingly conspicuous Basil, his peculiarities merged in the manhood of England, at last entering on his inheritance She must ask Jo about getting him a commission in a decent regiment Finally, Basil s mistress, Angela Lyne The following is an exchange between Angela and her maid Angela Well, we re at war now I expect there ll be a lot to put up with Maid Will Mr Seal be in the army Angela I shouldn t be surprised Maid He will look different, won t he, madam Very different They were both silent, and in the silence Angela knew, by an intuition which defied any possible doubt, exactly what her maid was thinking She was thinking, Supposing Mr Seal gets himself killed Best thing really for all concerned How does Basil respond to the expectations and desires of his mother, sister and mistress With the outbreak of WWII, the opportunistic Basil states his objective early on I want to be one of those people one heard about in 1919 the hard faced men who did well out of the war Lady Seal seeks the aid of Sir Joseph Mainwaring Jo a well meaning, well connected booby of the old school Sir Joseph arranges a meeting between Basil and the Lieutenant Colonel of an elite regiment To please his mother, Basil lunches with Sir Joseph and the colonel The disastrous interview is summed up in a brief, understated exchange between Sir Joseph and Lady Seal Lady Seal I hope Basil made a good impression Sir Joseph I hope he did, too I m afraid he said some rather unfortunate things Lady Seal Well, what is the next step Sir Joseph would have liked to say that there was no next step in that direction that the best Basil could hope for was oblivion perhaps in a month or so when the luncheon was forgotten In fact, Basil initiates a next step He visits his sister at her country home and uses her position as local billeting officer, a person in charge of finding temporary homes for big city children sent to the country to escape the air raids, to set up a racket Basil uses three horrible children, led by a teen aged big sister who fancies Basil, to extort money from genteel country folk, mainly retirees, who ll pay any price to be rid of the monsters In the course of his scam, Basil manages to pick up an attractive young mistress, a newlywed whose husband is away on duty Basil finishes his country sojourn by selling the obnoxious brats to another billeting officer with similarly larcenous intentions.Back in London, through a combination of chicanery and luck, Basil obtains a plum job at the War Office, working for the aptly named Colonel Plum Now an officer in uniform, Basil s job is to root out subversives His first idea is to finger a group of harmless bohemians with Marxist leanings, including a former girlfriend, describing them as a dangerous Communist cell When the colonel tells Basil he sinterested in Fascists, Basil frames and betrays his friend, Ambrose Silk Ironically, Ambrose, the falsely accused crypto fascist, is Gay and half Jewish Basil warns Ambrose of an impending arrest and then helps him flee England to relative safety in the Irish countryside Afterwards, Basil helps himself to Ambrose s London flat and expensive wardrobe Toward the end of the novel, Basil does an about face sort of view spoiler Confronted with the mental and physical decline of his recently widowed former mistress, Angela, Basil proposes marriage He also regains some honor by volunteering, along with pals Alastair Digby Vaine Trumpington and Peter Pastmaster, for hazardous duty in a special service battalion Alastair describes this very exciting new unit to his wife They re getting up special parties for raiding They go across to France and creep up behind Germans and cut their throats in the dark Basil is similarly excited by the prospects of his new racket He tells his bride to be There s only one serious occupation for a chap now, that s killing Germans I have an idea I shall rather enjoy it All s well that ends well, with a few of the Bright Young People redeemed by the exigencies of war hide spoiler 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 Flags, an earlier war novel, opens in the autumn of 1939 and all takes place during the twelve months of the war It was published in 1942.I have read most of Evelyn Waugh s major works now, and, as usual, the quality of the writing here is a pleasure The story follows the wartime activities of characters introduced in Waugh s earlier satirical novels Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies and Black Mischief The uncertainty and confusion of the so called phoney war are brilliantly evoked, and as is so often the case the satire and humour are very black Basil Seal, who readers may recall from Black Mischief, is the star of the show His opportunism creating all manner of mischief for those he runs into, and his scam involving a troublesome family of evacuated children is brilliant and sums him up perfectly To suggest this book is full of humour would be misleading one scene involving the troubled and tragic Cedric Lyne visiting his estranged wife Angela, with their son Nigel, for once impressed by him in his army uniform, is absolutely dripping with sadness and melancholy, and demonstrates Waugh s extraordinary skill Overall the book felt slightly uneven and a bit rushed There is much to admire and enjoy, however I conclude this is one of Evelyn Waugh s less successful novels measured against his exceptionally high standards It s of most interest to Waugh completists of whom I am definitely one and should not be prioritised ahead of his key works Brideshead Revisited, Sword of Honour, Decline and Fall, and A Handful of Dust 3 5

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