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Synopsis: (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
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.
Review: "All over England people were waking up, queasy and despondent."
Few writers have walked the line between farce and tragedy as nimbly as Evelyn Waugh, who employed the conventions of the comic novel to chip away at the already crumbling English class system. His 1934 novel, A Handful of Dust, is a sublime example of his bleak satirical style: a mordantly funny exposť of aristocratic decadence and ennui in England between the wars.
Tony Last is an aristocrat whose attachment to an ideal feudal past is so profound that he is blind to his wife Brenda's boredom with the stately rhythms of country life. While he earnestly plays the lord of the manor in his ghastly Victorian Gothic pile, she sets herself up in a London flat and pursues an affair with the social-climbing idler John Beaver. In the first half of the novel Waugh fearlessly anatomizes the lifestyles of the rich and shameless. Everyone moves through an endless cycle of parties and country-house weekends, being scrupulously polite in public and utterly horrid in private. Sex is something one does to relieve the boredom, and Brenda's affair provides a welcome subject for conversation:
It had been an autumn of very sparse and meagre romance; only the most obvious people had parted or come together, and Brenda was filling a want long felt by those whose simple, vicarious pleasure it was to discuss the subject in bed over the telephone.Tony's indifference and Brenda's selfishness give their relationship a sort of equilibrium until tragedy forces them to face facts. The collapse of their relationship accelerates, and in the famous final section of the book Tony seeks solace in a foolhardy search for El Dorado, throwing himself on the mercy of a jungle only slightly more savage than the one he leaves behind in England. For all its biting wit, A Handful of Dust paints a bleak picture of the English upper classes, reaching beyond satire toward a very modern sense of despair. In Waugh's world, culture, breeding, and the trappings of civilization only provide more subtle means of destruction. --Simon Leake
Title: A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library)
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description Everyman's Library. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0375414207I5N00
Book Description Everyman's Library. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0375414207I3N10
Book Description Everyman's Library. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2737212893
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Book Description Everyman's Library, 2002. Book Condition: Fair. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP86918418
Book Description Everyman's Library April 2002, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used - Good. No Jacket. Good condition due to missing jacket, otherwise, very clean and bright pages, tight spine. Almost no shelfwear. Delivery confirmation available for every item shipped. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Bookseller Inventory # 27974
Book Description Everyman's Library, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0375414207
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Book Description Alfred Knopf, 2002. A story tragic and hilariously funny , that seems to move along without aid from its author. Unquestionably the best book Mr Waugh has written Book is brand new, new dust jacket, very clean, 225 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 502002
Book Description Everyman's Library, 2002. Book Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. , 500grams, ISBN:9780375414206. Bookseller Inventory # 6816774