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 kingdom apartment 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 chain of tragicomic failures that show 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 through Waugh’s personal event of sexual betrayal. As Tony is pushed by means of the urbane savagery of this international to hunt solace within the wilds of the Brazilian jungle, A Handful of airborne dirt and dust demonstrates the incomparably tremendous and depraved wit of 1 of the 20th century’s such a lot entire novelists.
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Twice more John and Thunderclap went over the little rail, then nanny called that it was time to go indoors for his milk. They walked the pony back to the stable. " "Good morning, Mr. " "That's not for me to say. You must ask nanny. Tell you what though, the grey carthorse has got worms. " "You must ask mother. " Nanny's replies were always evasive, like that-'We'll see' or 'That's asking' or 'Those that ask no questions, hear no lies'-so unlike Ben's decisive and pungent judgments. " "John. How dare you?
The elderly parlourmaid looked after his clothes. She also dusted, polished and maintained in symmetrical order on his dressing table and on the top of his chest of drawers, the collection of sombre and bulky objects that had stood in his father's dressing room; indestructible presents for his wedding and twenty-first birthday, ivory, brass bound; covered in pigskin, crested and gold mounted, suggestive of expensive Edwardian masculinity-racing flasks and hunting flasks, cigar cases, tobacco jars, jockeys, elaborate meerschaum pipes, button hooks and hat brushes.
The village postmaster took round the collection bag. Tony put in his half-crown; John and nanny their pennies. The vicar climbed, with some effort, into the pulpit. He was an elderly man who had served in India most of his life. Tony's father had given him the living at the instance of his dentist. He had a noble and sonorous voice and was reckoned the best preacher for many miles around. His sermons had been composed in his more active days for delivery at the garrison chapel; he had done nothing to adapt them to the changed conditions of his ministry and they mostly concluded with some reference to homes and dear ones far away.
A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library) by Evelyn Waugh