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 kingdom residence and existence. while 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 such a lot 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 way of 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 extraordinary and depraved wit of 1 of the 20 th century’s so much finished novelists.
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Three pounds at least... and he would be responsible for her and have to see her home... ) it might mean tying himself up for the whole evening... " Brenda had observed his hesitation. " "It's quite all right...
Originally she had been called Christabelle which, as Ben said, was more the name for a hound than a horse. Ben had known a strawberry roan called Thunderclap who killed two riders and won the local point-to-point four years running. 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.
There had been a corresponding promotion in Ben's position. From being the hand who looked after the farm horses, he was now, perceptibly, assuming the air of a stud groom. The handkerchief round his neck gave place to a stock with a fox-head pin. He was a man of varied experience in other parts of the country. Neither Tony nor Brenda hunted but they were anxious that John should like it. Ben foresaw the time when the stables would be full and himself in authority; it would not be like Mr. Last to get anyone in from outside.
A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library) by Evelyn Waugh