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 passionate about his Victorian Gothic state condo and existence. while woman Brenda final embarks on an affair with the valueless John Beaver out of boredom along with her husband, she units in movement a chain of tragicomic failures that demonstrate Waugh at his such a lot scathing. The motion is determined within the brittle social international recognizable from Decline and Fall and Vile our bodies, darkened and deepened via Waugh’s personal adventure of sexual betrayal. As Tony is pushed via the urbane savagery of this international to hunt solace within the wilds of the Brazilian jungle, A Handful of dirt demonstrates the incomparably impressive and depraved wit of 1 of the 20 th century’s so much comprehensive novelists.
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They went out to luncheon, to a new restaurant in Albemarle Street which a friend of theirs named Daisy had recently opened. "You're in luck," said Marjorie, as soon as they got inside the door, "there's your Mr. " She was entertaining a party of eight at a large round table in the centre of the room; she was being paid to do so by Daisy, whose restaurant was not doing all she expected of it-that is to say the luncheon was free and Mrs. Beaver was getting the order, should the restaurant still be open, for its spring redecorations.
C. in his hands and was clearly looking out a train. " "Beautifully," said Beaver, though his wan expression did not confirm the word. "I'm so glad. I always sleep well here myself. I say I don't like the look of that train guide. " "Too bad. I've hardly seen you. The trains aren't very good on Sundays. The best leaves at five-forty-five and gets up about nine. " The church bells were ringing across the park. "Well I'm just off to church. " Beaver always did what was expected of him when he was staying away, even on a visit as unsatisfactory as the present one.
Nor, as it happened, did Beaver, but he was glad that it was there. It was decanted into a tall jug and was carried round the little table, between the three of them as a pledge of hospitality. Afterwards they drove into Pigstanton to the Picturedrome where there was a film Beaver had seen some months before. When they got back there was a grog tray and some sandwiches in the smoking room. 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.