Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/07/2001
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Just work, good healthy toil. You have led too sheltered a life, Paul. Perhaps I am to blame. It will do you the world of good to face facts for a bit – look at life in the raw, you know.

Expelled from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk).

Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe, least of all Paul.

As fresh and vibrant today as it was when it was first published in 1928, Decline and Fall is a masterpiece of social satire, a hearty, witty, playful lampooning of the social mores of 1920’s England. Nothing and nobody escapes Waugh’s penetrating gaze in this iconoclastic riot of a novel.

Taking its title from Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Evelyn Waugh's first, funniest novel immediately caught the ear of the public with his account of an ingénu abroad in the decadent confusion of 1920s high society. Edited with an introduction by David Bradshaw for Penguin Classics, this edition of a modern tour de force shines a light on the comic genius of one of the Twentieth-Century’s most gifted writers.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141180908
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 236g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

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Decline and Fall
A humdinger of a story
This is really a brilliant book and difficult to believe that it was Evelyn Waugh's first novel written while still in his mid-twenties. If you want to lau... READ MORE
Decline and Fall
Wickedly funny from start to end
If you have heard of Evelyn Waugh through the 2008 film Brideshead Revisited then while Decline and Fall is by the same author, they are not alike, not eve... READ MORE
Decline and Fall
My first Waugh
Quite funny and witty in a way I feel must be unique to Waugh but I'll have to read more of his work before I can really sound like I know what I'm talking... READ MORE
Joe Kingface
Decline and Fall
Funny and Thoughful.
A very funny and poignant story. The characters are perfectly drawn and the social commentary is tight, well-balanced but never cruel. The story about the ... READ MORE
Canuck Abroad
Decline and Fall
Comedy Evelyn Waugh style
Made me laugh-never ever read anything by Evelyn Waugh before, but decided to try this first novel of his, seeing the reviews here. I was originally going ... READ MORE
Decline and Fall
Dodgy Dealing
This is a novel from very early in the master's career and shows all the signs of brilliance and laziness that can characterise Waugh's novels. This is one... READ MORE