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ISBN13: 9780375414206
ISBN10: 0375414207
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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 Waughs 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:

"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

Review:

"A vicious, witty novel." New York Times

Review:

"The most mature and the best written novel that Mr. Waugh has yet produced." New Statesman and Nation

Synopsis:

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.

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Evelyn Waughs 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 Waughs 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 centurys most accomplished novelists.

About the Author

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

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Linda DeMent, December 8, 2010 (view all comments by Linda DeMent)
Hillarious! Darkly funny with a devil of twist!
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I expected a tame comedy of manners but got something quite diffeent. This book is savage and satisfying. A wonderful read which I will definitely read again.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375414206
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Location:
New York
Introduction by:
Boyd, William
Introduction:
Boyd, William
Author:
Waugh, Evelyn
Author:
Boyd, William
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
England
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Brazil
Subject:
Country homes
Subject:
Aristocracy
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Series Volume:
no. 6-02
Publication Date:
20020409
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.30x5.24x.88 in. .90 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

A Handful of Dust
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Product details 264 pages Everyman's Library - English 9780375414206 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A vicious, witty novel."
"Review" by , "The most mature and the best written novel that Mr. Waugh has yet produced."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Evelyn Waughs 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 Waughs 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 centurys most accomplished novelists.

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