A Handful of Dust

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2002 - Fiction - 225 pages
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Evelyn Waugh’s 1934 novel is a bitingly funny vision of aristocratic decadence in England between the wars. It tells the story of Tony Last, who, to the irritation of his wife, is inordinately obsessed with his Victorian Gothic country house and life. When Lady Brenda Last embarks on an affair with the worthless John Beaver out of boredom with her husband, she sets in motion a sequence of tragicomic disasters that reveal Waugh at his most scathing.

The action is set in the brittle social world recognizable from Decline and Fall and Vile Bodies, darkened and deepened by Waugh’s own experience of sexual betrayal. As Tony is driven by the urbane savagery of this world to seek solace in the wilds of the Brazilian jungle, A Handful of Dust demonstrates the incomparably brilliant and wicked wit of one of the twentieth century’s most accomplished novelists.

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Waugh once again turns his piercing eye toward high society...and once again creates a thouroughly unlikeable novel. Every single character is either completely cruel and selfish or an absolute idiot ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tafadhali - LibraryThing

I know Waugh considered Brideshead Revisited overblown, but that's still where I first encountered his work and it's still my favorite. I miss its expansive, elegiac tone sometimes when I read his ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Evelyn Waugh was born in England in 1903 and died in 1966.

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