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A Handful of Dust (The Penguin English Library):Superhyipmonitor

Evelyn Waugh
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Evelyn Waugh Published in October 17, 2018, 3:00 am
 A Handful of Dust (The Penguin English Library):Superhyipmonitor

A Handful of Dust (The Penguin English Library):Superhyipmonitor

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S Riaz
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S Riaz Reply to on 7 April 2018
This is an important novel of Evelyn Waugh’s; marking a much more serious, darkly witty and sharply observant style, from his earlier, comic novels. It is widely suggested that this novel was largely the result of his first wife, Evelyn Gardner, or ‘She-Evelyn,’ leaving him for another man after a year of marriage. If so, Waugh certainly had his revenge , as he bitterly skewers his ex-wife, and her lover, in print.

Brenda and Tony Last have been married for five, or six, years, when we meet them. Tony adores his ancestral house, Hetton, his young son, John Andrew and his wife. Brenda, it is soon apparent, is bored to tears. When John Beaver - a scrounging young man, who lounges around bars hoping to be brought a drink, has no job and little income, but is a useful ‘spare man,’ ready to drop everything for a free lunch, or dinner party - takes up a half meant invitation for the weekend, Tony is appalled at his arrival. Apologetically, he leaves Beaver to be baby-sat by Brenda and that, without doubt, is a mistake. Although Tony is blithely unaware of what is going on, pretty soon half of London is aghast at their affair. While Beaver rises in their esteem, Brenda takes a flat and begins to attend every party in London.

This is very much a book of two halves and (a little like “Brideshead Revisited”) the first half is much better than the second. While the first half of Brideshead is so sublime it makes up for the second being not quite so wonderful, this novel does not manage to carry off the trick quite so well. The second half of this was taken from a short story Waugh wrote and, certainly, there is much biographical material in this novel – as well as a truly shocking moment (you’ll know it when you get to it).

Waugh not only turns his vengeful, bitter words against his ex-wife, and her lover (John Heygate), but his satirises his own lack of knowledge about their affair. It is sharply satirical, cruel, vicious and unbearable in parts – the ‘shocking moment,’ takes away any sympathy for Brenda (not that she is particularly sympathetic anyway) and how John Heygate ever showed his face in public again, I have no idea. Still, in parts this is brilliant. I am immediately moved to read the latest biography of Waugh, “A Life Revisited,” and never get bored of this, most brilliant, author.
Tracey Madeley
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Tracey Madeley Reply to on 9 August 2014
I have avoided this author since a child due to watching a little of Brideshead Revisited at an early age and finding it boring (too young to appreciate it). This book however is easy to follow, full of dialogue and a joy to read. The alternative ending is bizare to say the least, but the original conclusion is a logical end to the book. i now want to read more of his work and may actually look for Brideshead Revisited.
Mr. A. J. Downs
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Mr. A. J. Downs Reply to on 29 November 2017
OK is about right. This is a well written but bitter story about a divorce in which the author's own experience is clearly in evidence. Clever in its way but rather heartless.
Philotes
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Philotes Reply to on 12 May 2017
All good. I knew the book anyway but this is a nice edition.
Headley J. des Forges
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Headley J. des Forges Reply to on 23 October 2013
Absolutely great, from the subtlety of much of its characterisation to knockabout comedy the book is well worth a read. Were I to carp I would complain that in this effort EW doesn't give sufficient rein to the more acid side of his output, but that's (too) obviously a matter of individual preference.

All in all: great stuff!
Roy Johnson
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Roy Johnson Reply to on 21 February 2018
Good value - prompt delivery
Virginia Bird
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Virginia Bird Reply to on 18 February 2018
ok
Jenny Hanson
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Jenny Hanson Reply to on 6 April 2018
Fab book bought for present.
leslie baker
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leslie baker Reply to on 17 August 2017
very interesting story
Tom Nibbs
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Tom Nibbs Reply to on 2 January 2017
Funny, sad, triste, poignant.
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