Genre: literary fiction
Length: 304 pages
Setting: 1930s England and the fictional country of Ishmalia
Interest: It was one of the Time Top 100 books
Summary: The book revolves around miscommunication and misunderstandings. Mrs. Stich convinces Lord Copper (who heads the newspaper Beast) to send John Boot out to cover the presumed war in Ishmalia. Mr. Salter, the head of Foreign Affairs at Beast is confused and sends William Boot instead of John Boot. William doesn’t really want to go and once there, fall in love with Katchen. Because of his infatuation, he stays in town when the rest of the journalists are sent on a wild goose chase. Because he stays in town, he gets the scoop on the revolution in Ishmalia. When he comes back, his uncle, Theodore Boot, ends up at the congratulatory banquet.
Final thoughts: A fun, quick read. The best were the telegrams and the journalist’s attempts to minimize words – lots of “upbreaking” and “unwarwise” and “promptlier” type of stuff from the office and Boot telegramming about the weather.
Title comes from: Each journalist was trying for the scoop. Only Boot got it (totally on accident) and he didn’t want the publicity.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this is a review from a book I read in a previous year
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