by Evelyn Waugh
The hapless Paul Pennyfeather is sent down from Oxford through no fault of his own, loses his fortune, becomes a school teacher, falls in love with a wealthy widow, is framed for heading a prostitution ring, and so forth. A wildly funny rollercoaster ride of a story; its satire of English manners both upper and lower class is deadly. It’s compulsively readable and laugh-out-loud funny on just about every page. Pennyfeather is a ninny, but he’s wholly sympathetic, as are all the other characters, blackguards or fools though they may be. A highly enjoyable novel.