Sharper Sword

The South China Morning Post has published a review of Waugh’s Sword of Honour as part of a three-part retrospective review connected by each subject’s containing a knife in its title.  The other two reviews relate to a 2006 recording by a Swedish rock band, Silent Shout by The Knife, and Roman Polanski’s first feature film, Knife in the Water. Cute idea, but the review of Waugh’s novel (apparently by Matthew Scott) has nothing particularly original to say about it. Indeed, it leads with some familiar dismissive references to Waugh’s military career which were recently and forcefully discredited by Donat Gallagher and Carlos Villar Flor in their critique of Waugh’s biographers, In The Picture: The Facts behind the fiction in Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour (Amsterdam and New York, 2014). But the review of Waugh’s book itself is on the whole favorable and may stir some interest among Hong Kong readers, particularly those who are also fans of Swedish rock music and Polish films.

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