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I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
— from The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
A Handful of Dust takes on the same theme of a decaying civilization as Eliot’s poem. With its isolated characters representing a civilization in decline, Waugh presents a story laced with cynicism and truth satirizing the gentry class of English life between world wars. The main characters, Tony and Brenda Last, have wealth but are lacking in other qualities. The plot is a series of absurd situations in which the Lasts and their friends ignore the most sensible course and sail into the rocky reef completely oblivious to the fact that they will most likely crash.
Made into a movie of the same name in 1988, A Handful of Dust is #34 on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels list.
We currently have seven Evelyn Waugh titles at this site with more to come. Readers who enjoy Evelyn Waugh’s brand of satire and characteristic black humor in lampooning various features of British society might also enjoy Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies, Put Out More Flags, or Brideshead Revisited.
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