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source link Plangere Center Expands. Alumni Offer Career Advice. Thanks to Our Interns. Poor Paul Pennyfeather. He gets kicked out of Oxford for indecent exposure, although it isn't entirely his fault. Leaving Oxford causes him to default on his sizable inheritance, which leads him to a teaching position in Wales, Not to worry that he has no teaching experience, he is hired anyway. He falls for the mother of one of his students and takes the enviable position of being the boy's private tutor.

Unbeknownst to Paul, his new paramour's wealth comes from an investment in many high class Poor Paul Pennyfeather. Unbeknownst to Paul, his new paramour's wealth comes from an investment in many high class brothels in South America. Just before their wedding, he is arrested for his involvement in the prostitution ring that he knows nothing about.

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Will Paul spend the rest of his life in jail? I won't give away rest of the story, but I rooted for Paul until the very end. Published in to an enthusiastic audience, the genre of this novel could be considered a "comedy of manners" or a satire or a picaresque. This has elements of all three.

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The story is absurd and the characters are deeply flawed. They seem oblivious to their plight.

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They have a desire to get on the straight and narrow, but have no idea how to go about it. Author Evelyn Waugh has a great sense of comedic timing. He continually tosses obstacles into his characters' paths and lets them stumble around, getting deeper and deeper into trouble, all for our amusement. And amusing it is.

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I laughed out loud and won't soon forget Paul Pennyfeather's exploits. If you enjoy the "comedy of manners" stylings of P. Wodehouse and Noel Coward, you'll enjoy Decline and Fall. An improbable, but comic, tale of Paul Pennyfeather, wrongly sent down from Oxford, and his subsequent adventures as a teacher in a very dubious private school, love with an older heiress, prison and Reggie-Perrin style "death".

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This was Waugh's first novel, but in places it's like a caricature of his not yet written "Brideshead Revisited". May 15, Anthony rated it did not like it. I have been re-visiting books which I read in my youth. This is an interesting activity. I began reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles in this vein, only to find that I had never read it in the first place.

More about that later. Reading 'Decline and Fall' which I probably read while I was at Oxford, and generally a fan of Waugh's use of language I was preparing myself for a treat. I was ready to luxuriate back into a bubble-bath of wit. I recalled the opening scenes of the Bollinger Club so opport I have been re-visiting books which I read in my youth. I recalled the opening scenes of the Bollinger Club so opportunely recalled in that our new Prime Minister was a member of the Bullingdon Club whose practices are most likely those satirised here.

The Dons crouch at the window rubbing their hands in glee at the fines to be collected from the youthful vandalism and Waugh emits the immortal descrpition.. However, what must have appeared rippingly humorous in - when Mrs Beste-Chetwynde, the guest of honour, turns up with her black boyfriend called 'Chokey' - is written in a form of cold racism mesmerisingly unfunny to today's perceptions.

Try reading this without your stomach turning: 'I think it's an insult bringing a nigger here,' said Mrs Clutterbuck. I had a pal bumped off by a Chink once. Throat cut horrible, it was, from ear to ear'. Clearly Waugh ascribes the words to the character, who in the latter sentence is a duplicitous confidence trickster posing as a butler, but the Chokey theme carried on long enough to cure me completely of any nostalgia I might have had for this book. Experiment over. Shelves: alevel , classics , school , reviewed , one-of-books , crime , Plot: I was so pleasantly surprised at my enjoyment of this book.

I had not expected to find it as good or as easy to read as it ended up being. The plot follows the story of Paul Pennyweather who within the first 2 pages is forced to leave oxford university through no fault of his own. This leads him to starting a career in a boys school and ends up meeting a very important lady through this job. The plot was funny to say the lease.

I love a school novel and this was an interesting one. It also Plot: I was so pleasantly surprised at my enjoyment of this book. There was a very similar tone to the great Gatsby but with less of a party lifestyle. The ending was brilliant I was so motivated to read those last few pages!

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Anthony had lost his stammer in the deep waters of his old romance. I like getting drunk at luncheon, and though I haven't yet spent quite double my allowance, I undoubtedly shall before the end of term. E8 no. There was an apartment as well, and then the story ends in the middle of the jungle, so there is really lack of structure there in the wild and nature. I expect they were drunk. It was most agreeable; the animals seem to enjoy the sunshine so much. Light streamed through the cracks in the shutters.

Characters: Paul was a misfortunate character, things just kept happening to him. Like most of the characters in the book they had misfortune and the cards did not play out to them. Which felt lie to me a comment on the society at the time.

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Paul always had a really good humour to him and I enjoyed reading about him and his lack of complaining made me really idolize him. Favourite aspects: I liked the 3rd section mostly, it was a brilliant section to read. The writing of it was really descriptive and kept and easy tone to it.

Making the whole novel a lot easier to read then I had anticipated. So to read about it and to see how it effects different classes and views was really interesting. Structure: The 3 part structure was really nice, it showed clearly the significance of the 3 events in his life. The section where also more fun to read as you could see the shifts in class and how each time the event ended it was a significant point. Shelves: 5-stars.

This is Waugh's first book, and one of his finest. This is an absurd story of a young man, expelled or "sent down" from Oxford for indecent behaviour, who obtains a job as a teacher at a less than salubrious third-rate public school in Wales and is then entrapped in a series of bizarre events that take him on a rollercoaster ride through upper-class circles. The central character, Paul Pennyfeather, is a naive soul, full of gusto and enthusiasm, but lacking in common sense.

The use of the term This is Waugh's first book, and one of his finest. The use of the term "sent down from Oxford" to describe his "decline" is lightweight in comparison to his subsequent "fall" another type of being "sent down" ; although I can't help feeling that in the world of the Oxbridge undergraduate, the expulsion from Oxford is the true fall in his life.

I was a little disappointed by the latter half of the book, the rollercoaster speeds up, and it does feel rushed and a little too contrived by the final chapters. But this is Waugh's first novel, so a minor issue in the overall context of the amusing storylines and entertaining characters.