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By Evelyn Waugh

ISBN-10: 0375414207

ISBN-13: 9780375414206

(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 kingdom apartment and lifestyles. whilst 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 demonstrate Waugh at his such a lot 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 by way of 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 awesome and depraved wit of 1 of the 20th century’s so much comprehensive novelists.

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Marjorie and Allan were hard up and smart; they could not afford a baby; they lived in a little house in the neighbourhood of Portman Square, very convenient for Paddington Station. They had a Pekingese dog named Djinn. Brenda had come on impulse, leaving the butler to ring up and tell Marjorie of her arrival. She emerged from the train, after two hours and a quarter in a carriage crowded five a side, looking as fresh and fragile as if she had that moment left a circle of masseuses, chiropodists, manicurists and coiffeuses in an hotel suite.

Well, that's the last of him. You were superb, darling. " "No. " Mrs. Beaver was eating her yoghort when Beaver reached home. " "No one? " "They weren't expecting me. It was awful at first but got better. They were just as you said. She's very charming. " The conversation of stables and garages was an important part of Mrs. Beaver's business. " "Something quite simple. Two rooms and a bath. But it's all quite vague. " Two If Brenda had to go to London for a day's shopping, hair-cutting, or bone-setting (a recreation she particularly enjoyed), she went on Wednesday, because the tickets on that day were half the usual price.

It's funny. None of us minded very much when my brother Reggie sold our house-and that was built by Vanburgh, you know... I suppose we're lucky to be able to afford to keep it up at all. Do you know how much it costs just to live here? We should be quite rich if it wasn't for that. As it is we support fifteen servants indoors, besides gardeners and carpenters and a night watchman and all the people at the farm and odd little men constantly popping in to wind the clocks and cook the accounts and clean the moat, while Tony and I have to fuss about whether it's cheaper to take a car up to London for the night or buy an excursion ticket...

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