A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library) by Evelyn Waugh

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 passionate about his Victorian Gothic kingdom condominium and existence. whilst woman Brenda final embarks on an affair with the valueless John Beaver out of boredom along with her husband, she units in movement a chain of tragicomic failures that show Waugh at his so much scathing. The motion is determined 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 by means of the urbane savagery of this international to hunt solace within the wilds of the Brazilian jungle, A Handful of dirt demonstrates the incomparably exceptional and depraved wit of 1 of the 20th century’s so much complete novelists.

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He had been a lovely little horse, said Ben, till he staked himself in the guts, hunting, and had to be shot. Ben knew stories about a great many different horses. There was one called Zero on whom he had won five Jimmy-o-goblins at ten to three at Chester one year. And there was a mule he had known during the war, called Peppermint, who had died of drinking the company's rum rations. But John was not going to name his pony after a drunken mule. So in the end they had decided on Thunderclap, in spite of her imperturbable disposition.

When I am asked to supply elsewhere it is the one I invariably choose. " The old clergyman opened the manuscript book he was carrying. It had a limp black cover and the pages were yellow with age. "Ah yes, here we are. I preached it first in Jelalabad when the Coldstream Guards were there; then I used it in the Red Sea coming home from my fourth leave; then at Sidmouth... Mentone... Winchester... to the Girl Guides at their summer rally in 1921... the Church Stage Guild at Leicester... twice at Bournemouth during the winter of 1926 when poor Ada was so ill...

He's crazy about the place... It's funny. None of us minded very much when my brother Reggie sold our house-and that was built by Vanburgh, you know... I suppose we're lucky to be able to afford to keep it up at all. Do you know how much it costs just to live here? We should be quite rich if it wasn't for that. As it is we support fifteen servants indoors, besides gardeners and carpenters and a night watchman and all the people at the farm and odd little men constantly popping in to wind the clocks and cook the accounts and clean the moat, while Tony and I have to fuss about whether it's cheaper to take a car up to London for the night or buy an excursion ticket...

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