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 captivated with his Victorian Gothic state apartment and existence. whilst girl Brenda final embarks on an affair with the valueless John Beaver out of boredom along with her husband, she units in movement a series 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 by means of Waugh’s personal event of sexual betrayal. As Tony is pushed through the urbane savagery of this global to hunt solace within the wilds of the Brazilian jungle, A Handful of airborne dirt and dust demonstrates the incomparably wonderful and depraved wit of 1 of the 20 th century’s so much entire novelists.
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What on earth are we going to do with him? " "You go over to Pigstanton. I'll look after him. It's easier alone. We can take him to the movies tonight and tomorrow he can see over the house. If we're lucky he may go up by the evening train. " Three-eighteen was far from being the most convenient time for arrival. One reached the house at about a quarter to four and if, like Beaver, one was a stranger there was an awkward time until tea; but without Tony being there to make her self-conscious, Brenda could carry these things off quite gracefully and Beaver was so seldom wholly welcome anywhere that he was not sensitive to the slight constraint of his reception.
Yes, of course. She's lovely, he's rather a stick. " "Well I don't really. Tony asked me in Brat's the other night. " "Send a telegram and remind them. It is far better than ringing up. It gives them less chance to make excuses. Send it tomorrow just before you start. " "I used to see her quite a lot before she married. She was Brenda Rex, Lord St. Cloud's daughter, very fair, under-water look. People used to be mad about her when she was a girl. Everyone thought she would marry Jock Grant-Menzies at one time.
Twenty years ago people had liked half timber and old pewter; now it was urns and colonnades; but the time would come, perhaps in John Andrew's day, when opinion would reinstate Hetton in its proper place. Already it was referred to as "amusing" and a very civil young man had asked permission to photograph it for an architectural review. The ceiling of Morgan le Fay was not in perfect repair. In order to make an appearance of coffered wood, moulded slats had been nailed in a chequer across the plaster.
A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library) by Evelyn Waugh