Originally Posted by GOLLUM
You ask the Library Keeper if he has read anythnig else by Waugh?..
I say, I say I'm shocked, truly shocked I tell you...
I have Brideshead Revisited which is great and Handful Of Dust is to my way of thinking a masterpiece but whilst being aware of Decline and Fall I have not read that one yet....
If you like great prose stylists and you've probably read most if not all of these but I'll mention them anyway, you should certainly try Vladimir Nabokov, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Wolf, George Orwell, P G Wodehouse, F Scott Fitzgerald, Andrei Platonov, James Joyce, Rudyard Kipling, Italo Calvino, Marcel Proust, Somerset Maugham, Herman Melville, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Isaac Babel, Yasunari Kawabata, Tobias Wolfe, Stefan Zweig, Saul Bellow amongst others.
Just checking, just checking, heh. Handful of Dust
was my first -- will never forget that moment when she gets the Johns mixed up. And as a former English student, you can be sure I've read more than my fair share of many of those! P.G Wodehouse has been a long time favourite of mine, love Imperial Blandings
. Also very much enjoyed Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby
. James Joyce is a...er...acquired taste! Nonetheless, there are actually parts of Ulysses
that were fantastically written. I always akin them to beautiful patches of clearing in an otherwise dark and tangled forest (considering Joyce's unique style). Orwell is always great; Woolf I probably haven't read enough of yet to form a proper opinion. The structure of Conard's Secret Agent
is excellent, working backwards from the main event and filling in the details. Damn, now I really have the urge to read this one again -- huzzah! It's on my shelf...!