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Guy Crouchback, determined to get into the war, takes a commission in the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. 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 that seriously blots his Halberdier copybook.

Men at Arms is the first novel in Waugh's brilliant Sword of Honor trilogy recording the tumultuous wartime adventures of Guy Crouchback ("the finest work of fiction in English to emerge from World War II" - Atlantic Monthly), which also comprises Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender.

©1980 Auberon Waugh (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Absolutely tedious

Very dry, and tedious. I had been expecting more from this, but came away disappointed. No emotional or intellectual investment in any of the characters. The Protagonist is just a dry. dull, tedious shell that I could not bring myself to even remember in passing. I'd like to say it was well voice acted, but it was so monotonousl; so tedious, I found my attention drifting away. I persisted to the end to see if it wrapped up with anything memorable, but alas, no. Even the characters themselves weren't surprised where they ended.

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Supposedly Humorous

Men at Arms is supposed to be humorous in a dry way, but I didn't see the humor in it. The book provides a cynical look at a fictional WWII British military unit populated by hapless individuals who make idiotic mistakes or bear the blame for the poor choices of superiors. Waugh's Brideshead Revisited is a deeper book with complex characters and I enjoyed it very much, but I would not recommend this book.

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