Alan Hollinghurst Praises Waugh Novel

In the latest New York Times “T-Magazine”, British novelist Alan Hollinghurst, best known for Line of Beauty (which reminded some commentators of Brideshead Revisited), has named his 10 favorite books. Among those listed is Waugh’s Put Out More Flags:

Published in 1942, this marvelously mordant account of the first years of World War II, less known than the wonderful “Decline and Fall” and “A Handful of Dust,” is perhaps Waugh’s most flawless comic novel. Every word tells.

Other selections include The Complete Ronald Firbank, Henry Green’s Loving and Virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary.

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