Waugh, Evelyn A Handful of Dust

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A Handful of Dust

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Selected by Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the century, this "absolutely delightful" novel (New York Times) movingly and comically chronicles the breakdown of a marriage and the disintegration of English society in the years after World War I.

After seven years of marriage, the beautiful Lady Brenda Last has grown bored with life at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that is the pride and joy of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set. In a novel that combines tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible mood of the "crazy and sterile generation" between the wars.

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"A story both tragic and hilariously funny, that seems to move along without aid from its author...Unquestionably the best book Mr. Waugh has written."--Saturday Review

"The most mature and the best written novel that Mr. Waugh has yet produced."--New Statesman & Nation

"Absolutely delightful."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

"Glacially sardonic....A masterpiece."--TIME

"A brilliant satirical study of the eccentric between-wars society to which Waugh belonged."--LIFE

"Waugh treats society as a wonderland in which he plays the part of a rude, libellous, yet domestic Alice."--V.S. Pritchett

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'A whole Gothic world had come to grief . . .'

Beautiful Lady Brenda Last lives at Hetton Abbey, a crumbling Gothic monstrosity that is her husband Tony's pride and joy. Bored and restless after seven years of marriage, she drifts into an affair with a worthless young socialite. Abandoning the country for the glamorous yet shallow London scene, Brenda imagines divorce will bring happiness. Instead she and Tony feel lost and isolated - victims of the reckless times in which they live . . .

'One of the 20th century's most chilling and bitter novels; and one of its best' Guardian

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