I didn't know Evelyn Waugh was so intrepid-perhaps because he didn't use the travel material as much as his contemporary Graham Greene in his novels. In When The Going Was Good (1946) has parts of four travel books that Waugh wrote between 1929 and 1935. Chapter One "A Pleasure Cruise in 1929" from Labels, recounts a cruise, and the passengers are given much consideration, to Europe. Chapter two, "A Coronation in 1930" from Remote People, which recounts the coronation of Emperor (Abyssinia - now known as Ethiopia) Haile Selassie I, which Waugh reported on in 1930 as special correspondent for The Times. Chapter Three, "Globe-Trotting" also from Remote People, chronicles his travel elsewhere in Africa. Chapter Four, "A Journey to Brazil in 1932" from Ninety-two Days, is about his travels in Guiana and Brazil in South America-I was unaware of his travels here. Chapter Five "A War in 1935" from Waugh in Abyssinia, is about Waugh's exploits as a war correspondent in Abyssinia when war breaks out. Waugh used much of the African exploits in his early novel, Black Mischief (1932), and much of his writing in this book is quite charming and funny. However, he also makes some astute observations as well, for example:
To have traveled a lot, to have spent, as I have done, the first twelve years of adult life on the move, is to this extent a disadvantage. At the age of thirty-five one needs to go to the moon, or some such place, to recapture the excitement which one first landed at Calais.
There's also this:
One does not travel, any more than one falls in love, to collect material. It is simply part of one's life. For myself and many better than me, there is a fascination in distant and barbarous places, and particularly int he borderlands of conflicting cultures and states of development, where ideas, uprooted form their traditions, become oddly changed in transplantation. It is there that I find the experiences vivid enough to demand translation in to literary form.
Another entertaining and enlightening read from one of my favorite writers.