Black Mischief: Scoop ; The Loved One ; The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold
Alfred A. Knopf
, 2003 - Fiction
- 622 pages
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) In honor of the hundredth anniversary of Evelyn Waugh's birth, four of the master's most wickedly scathing comedies are here brought together in one volume. Black Mischiefis Waugh at his most mischievousinventing a politically loopy African state as a means of pulverizing politics at home. InScoop, it is journalism's turn to be drawn and quartered.The Loved One(which became a famously hilarious film) sends up the California mortuary business. AndThe Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfoldis a burst of fictionalized autobiography in which Pinfold goes mad, more or less, on board an ocean liner. Here in four shortvery differentnovels are the mordant wit, inspired farce, snapping dialogue, and amazing characters that are the essence of everything Waugh ever wrote.