Put Out More Flags
"Put Out More Flags", the sixth novel by
Evelyn Waugh, was first published by Chapman and Hallin 1942. The novel is set during the first year of the Second World War, and follows the wartime activities of characters introduced in Waugh's earlier satiricalnovels Decline and Fall, Vile Bodiesand Black Mischief. The title of the novel comes from the saying of an anonymous Chinese sage, quoted and translated by Lin Yutangin "The Importance of Living" (1937).
The dormant conflict of the
phoney waris reflected in the activity of the novel's main characters. Earnest would-be soldier Alistair Trumpington finds himself engaged in incomprehensible manoeuvres instead of real combat, while Waugh's recurring ne'er-do-well Basil Seal finds ample opportunity for amusing himself in the name of the war effort.
"Put Out More Flags" is dedicated to
Randolph Churchill, who found a service commission for Waugh during the Second World War.
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