A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library)

A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library)

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by Evelyn Waugh
     
 

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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

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(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.

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“A vicious, witty novel.” —New York Times

“Waugh’s technique is relentless and razor-edged…By any standard it is super satire.” —Chicago Daily News

“The most mature and the best written novel that Mr. Waugh has yet produced.” —New Statesman & Nation

“A story both tragic and hilariously funny, that seems to move along without aid from its author…Unquestionably the best book Mr. Waugh has written.” —Saturday Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375414206
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/09/2002
Series:
Everyman's Library
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.81(d)

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Evelyn Waugh's 1935 novel is a mordantly funny vision of aristocratic decadence and ennui in England between the wars.

It tells the story of Tony Last, an aristocrat who, to the irritation of his wife, in inordinately obsessed with his Victorian gothic country house and life. Bored with her husband's old-fashioned ways, Lady Brenda begins an affair with an ambitious social climber. Faced with the collapse of his marriage and a sudden family tragedy, Tony is driven to seek solace in a foolhardy search for the fabled El Dorado in the wilds of Brazil, where he finds himself at the mercy of a jungle that is only slightly more savage than the one he left behind in England.

Here is a sublime example of the incomparably brilliant and wicked wit of one of the 20th century's most accomplished novelists.

Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 28, 1903
Date of Death:
April 10, 1966
Place of Birth:
West Hampstead, London
Education:
Hertford College, Oxford University, 1921-1924; Heatherley's Art School, 1924

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