Tuesday, February 26, 2008

what i'm reading now

This book was first published in 1932. Here is a paragraph from the jacket: "While demonstrating that civilization is growing closer to barbarism as it drifts further away from Christian values, Black Mischief illustrates Waugh's limitless ironic imagination. With a little misguided help from some friends, black Emperor Seth attempts to modernize the kingdom of Azania, off the coast of Africa. The result is homemade currency, a "Birth Control Gala" festival, the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies, and a good deal more mischief from the wit of one of the the finest practitioners of the art of satiric fiction."

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