A Handful Of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

A Handful Of Dust

byEvelyn Waugh

Mass Market Paperback | September 30, 2014

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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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Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903 and educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies, Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he also travelled extensively and converted to Catholicism. In 1939 Wau...
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Title:A Handful Of DustFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.15 × 4.5 × 0.85 inPublished:September 30, 2014Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0241970555

ISBN - 13:9780241970553

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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