Put Out More Flags

Put Out More Flags

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 more 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?

Title:Put Out More Flags
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316916059
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  • Craig

    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....

  • Gary Inbinder

    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...

  • Nigeyb

    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 th...

  • Jason Goodwin

    Thank God for Waugh! Going back to him - it must be ten years since I've read any - is like emerging from a Turkish bath, alive in every pore, your senses quickened and joie de vivre restored. The dia...

  • Mark

    War has been declared and the the privileged Upper Classes, already feeling the pinch, must now draw in their horns even further, and lay off their domestic servants and reduce the number of butlers, ...

  • Jim

    What a strange novel: It starts showing the adventurers of a lot of ne'er-do-wells trying to avoid doing anything serious for the "Great Boer War" as some of them call it. Included are characters from...

  • Wealhtheow

    The general image of Britain at the beginning of the second World War is very different from the polite, quietly ridiculous society portrayed here. The story follows an aging rascal (Basil, who I came...

  • Leslie

    Evelyn Waugh's look at the first year of Britain's involvement in WW2 revolves around Basil Seal. Seal and his friends & family are typical Waugh characters and his depiction of the Ministry of Inform...

  • Priscilla

    Waugh is clearly a masterful writer and there were parts that I found funny. I can understand why some may really enjoy and even love this book, but his satire of the British aristocracy during the ph...

  • Joel

    This is a satirical comedy looking at how a group of upper class English socialites respond to the beginning of WWII. It bridges the gap quite nicely between the social class Waugh first began satiris...