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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 enthusiastic about his Victorian Gothic state apartment and existence. whilst girl 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 mess ups that exhibit Waugh at his so much scathing. The motion is decided within the brittle social global recognizable from Decline and Fall and Vile our bodies, darkened and deepened by way of Waugh’s personal adventure of sexual betrayal. As Tony is pushed through 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 really good and depraved wit of 1 of the 20th century’s so much comprehensive novelists.

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It would be wonderful to see what Polly's real old friends were like," said Marjorie. ) After luncheon Mrs. Beaver came across to their table. "I must just come and speak to you though I'm in a great hurry. " "That's just what he loves. Poor boy he gets rushed off his feet in London. Tell me, Lady Brenda, is it true you are looking for a flat, because I think I've got just the place for you? " She looked at her watch. "Oh dear, I' must fly. You couldn't possibly come in for a cocktail, this evening?

He was twenty-five years old. From leaving Oxford until the beginning of the slump he had worked in an advertising agency. Since then no one had been able to find anything for him to do. So he got up late and sat near his telephone most of the day, hoping to be called up. Whenever it was possible, Mrs. Beaver took an hour off in the middle of the morning. She was always at her shop punctually at nine, and by half past eleven she needed a break. Then, if no important customer was imminent, she would get into her two-seater and drive home to Sussex Gardens.

It was an aptitude she had, never to look half finished; when she was really exhausted, as she often was on her return to Hetton after these days in London, she went completely to pieces quite suddenly and became a waif; then she would sit over the fire with a cup of bread and milk, hardly alive, until Tony took her up to bed. Marjorie had her hat on and was sitting at her writing table puzzling over her cheque book and a sheaf of bills. "Darling, what does the country do to you? You look like a thousand pounds.

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