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 state residence and lifestyles. while woman Brenda final embarks on an affair with the valueless John Beaver out of boredom together with her husband, she units in movement a series 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 adventure of sexual betrayal. As Tony is pushed via 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 very good and depraved wit of 1 of the 20 th century’s so much complete novelists.
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Brenda sat up. "And, please, I didn't mean it. " These scenes of domestic playfulness had been more or less continuous in Tony and Brenda's life for seven years. Outside, it was soft English weather; mist in the hollows and pale sunshine on the hills; the coverts had ceased dripping, for there were no leaves to hold the recent rain, but the undergrowth was wet, dark in the shadows, iridescent where the sun caught it; the lanes were soggy and there was water running in the ditches. John Andrew sat his pony, solemn and stiff as a Life-Guard, while Ben fixed the jump.
If he took Brenda out it would mean the Embassy or some smart restaurant... 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...
Brenda asked about London and what parties there were. Beaver was particularly knowledgeable. " "I don't expect so. " The jokes that had been going round for six weeks were all new to Brenda; they had become polished and perfected with repetition and Beaver was able to bring them out with good effect. He told her of numerous changes of alliance among her friends. " "Oh, didn't you know? " "That marriage isn't going too well either... Daisy has started a new restaurant.. It's going very well... " "Dear me," Brenda said at last.