By Evelyn Waugh
(Book Jacket prestige: Jacketed)Evelyn Waugh’s 1934 novel is a bitingly humorous imaginative and prescient of aristocratic decadence in England among the wars. It tells the tale of Tony final, who, to the inflammation of his spouse, is inordinately keen about his Victorian Gothic state residence and lifestyles. while woman Brenda final embarks on an affair with the valueless John Beaver out of boredom together with her husband, she units in movement a chain of tragicomic failures that demonstrate Waugh at his so much scathing. The motion is decided within the brittle social global recognizable from Decline and Fall and Vile our bodies, darkened and deepened through Waugh’s personal adventure of sexual betrayal. As Tony is pushed via the urbane savagery of this international to hunt solace within the wilds of the Brazilian jungle, A Handful of dirt demonstrates the incomparably wonderful and depraved wit of 1 of the 20th century’s such a lot complete novelists.
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He put on his dressing gown and slippers and went through into Guinevere. Brenda lay on the dais. She had insisted on a modern bed. Her tray was beside her and the quilt was littered with envelopes, letters and the daily papers. Her head was propped against a very small blue pillow; clean of makeup, her face was almost colourless, rose-pearl, scarcely deeper in tone than her arms and neck. " said Tony. " He sat by the tray at the head of the bed; she leant forward to him (a nereid emerging from fathomless depths of clear water).
I must get on to them this morning before that ghoul Mrs. " Mrs. Beaver stood with her back to the fire, eating her morning yoghort. She held the carton close under her chin and gobbled with a spoon. "Heavens, how nasty this stuff is. I wish you'd take to it, John. You're looking so tired lately. " John Beaver lived with his mother at the house in Sussex Gardens where they had moved after his father's death. There was little in it to suggest the austerely elegant interiors which Mrs. Beaver planned for her customers.
They enjoyed their vicar's sermons very much and they knew that when he began about their distant homes, it was time to be dusting their knees and feeling for their umbrellas. "... ) After the choir had filed out, during the last hymn, the congregation crouched silently for a few seconds and then made for the door. There was no sign of recognition until they were outside among the graves; then there was an ex-change of greetings, solicitous, cordial, garrulous. Tony spoke to the vet's wife and Mr.
A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library) by Evelyn Waugh