Waugh Abroad: The Collected Travel Writing (Everyman's Library)

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Thirty years’ worth of Evelyn Waugh’s inimitable travel writings have been gathered together for the first time in one volume.

Waugh’s accounts of his travels–spanning the years from 1929 to 1958–describe journeys through the West Indies, Mexico, South America, the Holy Land, and Africa. And just as his travels informed his fiction, his novelist’s sensibility is apparent in each of these pieces. Waugh pioneered the genre of modern travel writing in which the comic predicament of the traveler is as central as the world he encounters. He wrote with as sharp an eye for folly as for foliage, and a delight in the absurd, not least where his own comfort and dignity are concerned.

From his fresh take on the well-traveled and hence already “fully labeled” Mediterranean region in Labels, to a close-up view of Haile Selassie’s coronation in Remote People, from a comically miserable stint in British Guiana.

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Thirty years' worth of Evelyn Waugh's inimitable travel writings have been gathered together fo the first time in one volume.

Waugh's accounts of his travels--spanning the years from 1929 to 1958--describe journeys through the West Indies, Mexico, South America, the Holy Land, and Africa. And just as his travels informed his fiction, his novelists's sensibility is apparent in each of these pieces. Waugh pioneered the genre of modern travel writing in which the comic predicament of the traveler is as central as the world he encounters. He wrote with as sharp an eye for folly as for foliage, and a delight in the absurd, not least where his own comfort and dignity are concerned.

From his fresh take the well-traveled and hence alread "fully laveled" Mediterranean region in LabelsI, to a close-up view of Haile Selaissie's coronation in Remote People, from a comically miserable stint in British Guiana in Niney-two Days, to a sharp-eyed tour of The Holy Places, the seven travel books collected here provide a feast of literary adventures--as light, bright, sharp, and invigorating as Waugh's fiction.

Review:

“As a writer of satiric and comic stories, Evelyn Waugh remains unmatched among modern writers.” –New York Times Book Review

“Waugh possesses a very original mind and a highly developed faculty for observing the fabulous, the fantastic, and the bizarre. He is vastly amused at the gay spectacle of life; and fortunately his amusement is contagious.” –Saturday Review

“In [Waugh’s] subdued fashion–for the influence of the obligation to ‘debunk’ travel is strong in him–he gives a lucid and fascinating picture of places and people.” –V. S. Pritchett

“[Waugh] dislikes most things, but during his journey in British Guiana, even this habit shows signs of coming full circle and of turning into his way of liking them.” –New Statesman & Nation

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