Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Review of Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Novel

Elaborate Description

This books’ main theme is misinformation. Starting from a misunderstanding with an identity to a war in Ishmaelia. Ishmaelia is a country in Africa which was supposed to be ravaged by war. To gain a scoop, each media outlet sent foreign affair journalists. The journalists were misinformed about everything in Ishmaelia and there appeared no war. The only (cold) war can be found between two counsels in England. The war itself was meant by the Ishmaelia government meant to create disinformation to make the country seem unprofitable to hide mountain with gold.

The treatment of journalists and their pay was an undercurrent of the book. The way in which news and information is found and spread provided the narrative. The book was nonetheless poorly written. As there were multiple perspectives, the transitions between them was poor which ironically helped create the theme of misinformation.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780316216388
Pages to read:   185
Publication:     2012
1st Edition:      1938
Format:            eBook

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    3
Content          1
Overall           2