The Sword of Honour Trilogy: Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen & Unconditional Surrender

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This is a trilogy of novels about World War II, based on the author's own experiences as an army officer. The focus of the action is Guy Crouchback, head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family. The story presents a moving but often hilarious picture of war's consolations and vicissitudes.

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“[Men at Arms is] a highly entertaining novel. Waugh’s sharp wit and sure touch of satire are always at work.” –The Atlantic Monthly

“[Officers and Gentlemen is] deft and amusing, sober and appalling. And it offers, incidentally, one of the most graceful salutes of many seasons to the flexibility of the English language.” –New York Times

“Wise, amusing, and beautifully written. And because Officers and Gentlemen verifies a deepening seriousness and charity in Mr. Waugh’s art, it extends and renews the promise of his brilliant talent.”
Commonwealth

The End of the Battle [is] hypnotically readable . . . The complete work now clearly emerges as Mr. Waugh’s main achievement to date, and the one piece of English fiction about [World War II] which is certain to survive.” –Times Literary Supplement

Sword of Honour was the climax of [Waugh’s] career as a novelist . . . Here in his final work there run together the two styles, of mischief and gravity, that can be noted in his writing from the beginning . . . He may justifiably have thought of it as crowning his work.” –from the Introduction by Frank Kermode

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