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13 October 2013


Robin Carmody

A better way of putting it would be: Waugh was paranoid about socialism and the working class taking over, so he saw the assertion of working-class power which WW2 represented (and which the Falklands War was, very explicitly, fought to reverse) as brash and amoral.

Now it is socialism that we are really lamenting when we lament WW2 veterans, and neoliberalism that we see as brash and amoral.

Jim Denham

Despite Waugh's ultra-reactionary politics, Men at Arms and, especially Sword of Honour, have me laughing out loud. The Radio 4 adaption is superb...the thunder box! Richie-Hook! And what did the "mildly obscene" one-armed flautist routine involve?


I agree it's been an excellent adaptation. One of those things Radio 4 does really well. I find it less annoying than the books, where it's emphasised that Crouchback thinks he's fighting for Christian civilisation against barbarism, and becomes disillusioned. I always thought fighting against Nazism was a big enough cause for anyone.

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