Guy Crouchback, determined to get into the war, takes a commission in the Royal Corps of Halverdiers. His spirits high, he sees all the trimmings but none of the action. And his first campaign, an abortive affair on the West African coastline, ends with an escapade which seriously blots his Halberdier copybook.
'For the happiness Waugh can still give us it is difficult to know how to reward him, beyond saying that he has helped make tolerable the modern age he so abominated.'
Clive James, New York Review of Books
'A comic genius.'
Peter Parker, The Times Literary Supplement