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 captivated with his Victorian Gothic kingdom condominium and existence. 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 display 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 event of sexual betrayal. As Tony is pushed by means 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 20 th century’s so much finished novelists.

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An American woman bought two patch-work quilts at thirty guineas each, Lady Metroland telephoned about a bathroom ceiling, an unknown young man paid cash for a cushion; in the intervals between these events, Mrs. Beaver was able to descend to the basement where two dispirited girls were packing lampshades. It was cold down there in spite of a little oil stove and the walls were always damp. The girls were becoming quite deft, she noticed with pleasure, particularly the shorter one who was handling the crates like a man.

They talked about the film but Beaver did not let on that he had seen it. Tony took him to the door of Sir Galahad. " "Certainly. " "Yes thanks. " "Oh Beaver's all right," said Brenda. But he was far from being comfortable and as he rolled patiently about the bed in quest of a position in which it was possible to go to sleep, he reflected that, since he had no intention of coming to the house again, he would give the butler nothing and only five shillings to the footman who was looking after him.

Only don't tell anyone about it. It's just a very small, secret party. " "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.

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