A Little Learning

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  • Title: A Little Learning
  • Author: Evelyn Waugh
  • ISBN: 9780316926454
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Evelyn Waugh never completed his autobiography, unfortunately. This volume takes us through his first job after college, where on the last page, his attempt at suicide is thwarted by discovering jellyfish in the seawater, so of course he can't stay in. This dark humor and self-deprecation runs through his fond and wry narrative of his early years.We meet many of the archetypes in his books, naturally, from his youth and education; much of his college experience is repeated with little change in [...]

    2. This is the first and only volume of an unfinished autobiography. It masterfully covers Waugh's youth, including his genealogy, parent's life, early upbringing, school boy days, days at Oxford, and his working life as a young adult. While it isn't a book I'd re-read, it was a pleasure to read and I'm glad I read it. On rare occasions, it got slightly tedious, but there were quite a few excellent nuggets to make up for that.

    3. 3.5 stars. I love Waugh's leisurely, dry-humored, very British (to me) way of writing. His earnest recollections of his youth and adolescence in a boarding school and at Oxford, respectively, are interspersed with comments such as these: "My predecessor in the office, Loveday, had left the university suddenly to study black magic. He died in mysterious circumstances at Cefalu in Alistair Crowley's community and his widow, calling herself 'Tiger Woman' figured for some time in the popular Press, [...]

    4. Meh. Once is enough indeed! What was I expecting? Something in the same vein as his novels? At first I was like, 'Oh, too bad he never finished his autobiobraphy', but in the end, well, I'm glad this is all there is to it. It was interesting to get an insight into the author's early life (and also to learn about English schooling back then), but absolutely none of this was essential reading. For Waugh completists only.

    5. I don't know why Waugh never finished this--I strongly suspect he came up against the reality of his intense gay romances, and couldn't slide over the surface, yet of course couldn't talk about them. Anyway, for sheer beauty, the prose when he describes the various places of learning and what they meant to him are some of his very best.

    6. I probably would have liked this more if I understood more of his references, but it was engaging enough that now I want to read a full biography. It's too bad he never finished the autobiography. It's also astonishing (to my 2016 American brain) how casually child abuse and child sexual abuse was regarded in his time/culture.

    7. In my apartment I display books here and there scattered in nooks and crannies, about a hundred or so at a time. Anyone who wanders in will assume that these are my cherished possessions, but, in fact, most are not. The books on view are for the greater part volumes I have not yet read. Waugh’s autobiography winked at me from a shelf for about a year, and looking at it from time to time my appetite grew so that I launched myself into the battered almost shredded (had a moth gotten at it or a r [...]

    8. I fairly enjoyed reading this memoir since, of course, there were related characters and episodes he had to describe. I think his readers can learn and know a lot of figurative words, for instance, nagging debts, Asiatics abounded, frustrated pugnacity, etc.My Former Review:When I first saw the book title, it reminded me of a quote by Alexander Pope, "A little learning is a dangerous thing," and I still think this is a wise one worth reflecting and thus keeping in mind to be aware of our own lea [...]

    9. This delightful autobiographical account of his youth, ending with Evelyn Waugh walking off after not drowning himself after all - turning back after being stung by a jellyfish - should probably be read *before* Paula Byrne's biography "Mad World". Much background to "Brideshead revisited" of course, in his own - surprisingly candid as well as witty - words. Although only mentioned in passing, I didn't know that Waugh counted G. K. Chesterton and Graham Greene among his friends. Given recent hig [...]

    10. "Todayere are reporters of the popular papers who interview authors rather than review their work; there are the charmers of television; there are the state-trained professional critics with their harsh jargon and narrow tastes, and there are the impostors who cannot write at all, but travel from one international congress to another discussing the predicament of the writer in the modern world."c 1968"An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go fl [...]

    11. I read this autobiography without having read in Waugh fiction. I tremendously enjoyed it. Why this is not more highly recommended reading, I do not know. I went to Evelyn Waugh's house in Oxford, essentially only because I was there and knew his name from a joke in the movie "Lost in Translation". If that's all you know, read this book!

    12. If you're into Waugh enough to want to read about his life, you'll enjoy this. He brings his characteristic wit and irony to the narration, especially in his masterful depiction of the various characters in his life, but he seems only tepidly enthusiastic about the project (which went unfinished) and it's nowhere near as much fun as his novels.

    13. If you love Waugh you will enjoy his autobiography. Such a shame memoirists like this have disappeared and a pity Waugh died before authoring subsequent volumes. Though he is discreet in his tellings, one can glean much of the man, his milieu and his many associations.

    14. If you're a Waugh fan, this is a real tgreat. His acerbic wit and close eye for foibles, including his own, are present throughout the book. And it is very apparent that Waugh did much more than a little learning during his youth.

    15. I would definately recommend this to all Waugh fans.Don't be put off by chapter one, it goes through his family tree, and although some may have enjoyed it, I found it one of the most boring things I've ever read. The rest of the book is splendid though, so I forgive him.

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