The U.S. based academic literary journal Sewanee Review (v. 123, No. 4, Fall 2015) has published an essay by Robert G. Walker entitled “The Rough-Hewn Patterns of Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honor.” Although no abstract is available, some introductory material is reproduced. It begins with an epigraph consisting of this quote from the novel, “There’s a special providence in the fall of a bomb,” and continues via quotes from, inter alia, Paul Fussell:
Are we to take the epigraph above, Waugh’s modified echo of Hamlet’s words, as ironic, cynical, even caustic, or has the novelist somehow managed to create a work that depicts a just world, despite its chaotic underpinnings…?
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