Trebots @ Monday March 18th 2013 15:42

Rather weary yesterday PM after a morning's rabbit-hunting, so bumbled through Evelyn Waugh's brilliant Decline and fall and Vile bodies, which contain quite a number of afternoon naps. Conjecture: the British began to replace the expression with "siesta" as they started staying awake after lunch and drowsing off became associated with the lazy Latins. Refutation:

  • Decline and Fall (1) Decline and Fall is a novel by the English author Evelyn Waugh, first published in 1928. It was Waugh's first published novel; an earlier attempt, entitled The Temple at Thatch, was destroyed by Waugh while still in manuscript form. Decline and Fall is based in part on Waugh's undergraduate years at Hertford College, Oxford, and his experience as a teacher in Wales. It is a social satire that employs the author's characteristic black humour in lampooning various features of British society in the 1920s.
  • Evelyn Waugh (1) Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh, known as Evelyn Waugh, was an English writer of novels, biographies and travel books. He was also a prolific journalist and reviewer. His best-known works include his early satires Decline and Fall and A Handful of Dust, his novel Brideshead Revisited and his trilogy of Second World War novels collectively known as Sword of Honour. Waugh is widely recognised as one of the great prose stylists of the 20th century.
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