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A Handful of Dust

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Title:A Handful of Dust
Waugh, Evelyn (Arthur Evelyn St John)   
(5 of 14 for author by title)
The Loved One. An Anglo-American Tragedy.
The End of the Battle (Sword of Honour series #3)
Published:   1934
Publisher:Penguin Books
Tags:fiction, satire, Modern Library's 100 Best Novels, film/TV adaptation

Set between the wars in the chic upper-middle classes in and around London, A Handful Of Dust is full of horrible people doing horrible things to each other, but it adds up to a bitter indictment of human behaviour. And it’s not all jokes. There’s despair lurking beneath the brittle laughs, and sadness at the waste of potential. ... There’s a plot point about reading Dickens that results in the darkest comedy, and perhaps a scathing statement about literature and civilization.

Waugh is simply a brilliant writer. I don’t think satire requires characters of much depth. But Waugh gives you enough details so you know everyone in this particular vanity fair. Their conversations are tart and suggestive, with people seldom saying what they’re thinking.

What’s remarkable is that beneath the exaggeration, there’s a brutal examination of the horrible things people are capable of doing—to themselves and each other.—Glen Sumi @ Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:154 Info

Author Bio for Waugh, Evelyn (Arthur Evelyn St John)

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Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh (28 October 1903—10 April 1966) was an English writer of novels, biographies and travel books. He was also a prolific journalist and reviewer of books. His most famous works include the early satires Decline and Fall (1928) and A Handful of Dust (1934), the novel Brideshead Revisited (1945) and the Second World War trilogy Sword of Honour (1952–61). Waugh is recognised as one of the great prose stylists of the English language in the 20th century.--Wikipedia.

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