A Handful of Dust

A Handful of Dust Review

Laced with cynicism and truth, "A Handful of Dust" satirizes a certain stratum of English life where all the characters have wealth, but lack practically every other credential. Murderously urbane, it depicts the breakup of a marriage in the London gentry, where the errant wife suffers from terminal boredom, and becomes enamoured of a social parasite and professional luncheon-goer.

Title:A Handful of Dust
Edition Language:English

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  • Jeffrey Keeten

    "'I never thought it would last but she seems really keen on it . . . I suppose it's a good plan . . . there wasn't much for her to do at Hetton. Of course she would rather die than admit it, but I be...

  • Glenn Sumi

    I’m not generally a fan of satirical novels (as opposed to, say, satirical sketch comedy), but this book was terrific. Seldom have I seen tragedy and comedy so successfully intermingled. Set between...

  • Jean-Luke

    And the winner of Cruelest Words Uttered by a Literary Character is Brenda Last. The words are 'Oh, thank God,' but saying saying more would give it away. She is tied for Worst Mother in Literature an...

  • Fergus

    Aren't we ALL Last in the end? I can just hear Waugh's grim, faith-rooted, world-weary grunt of agreement!Tony Last is a happy remnant of the Edwardian gentry, so much like his friends (and so many fo...

  • David

    For those of you who live cloistered in a medieval turret of moral purity and use the interwebs only for researching your medical ailments (and, oh -- of course, researching books as well), you may or...

  • Julie Christine

    Reading Waugh is like being air-kissed by a socialite who clutches your shoulder in mock affection with one hand while raising an ice-pick behind your back with the other. You know you should be on gu...

  • Cecily

    Brilliant, but its sparkle is ice cold. It's clever that the naive and saintly Tony is seamlessly recast as the villain of the piece - not just by his wife Brenda, but by most of their friends too. Bu...

  • TBV

    A Handful of Dust (1934) is a sharp, incisive and subtle satire of the lifestyle and values of the upper-middle-class. The opening paragraph sets the tone:“Du Côté de Chez Beaver (I love the chapt...

  • Kevin Ansbro

    Evelyn Waugh's writing is delightfully (and spitefully) mischievous. He's as witty as Oscar Wilde and as caustic as drain cleaner.Something of a pessimist and a social misfit, Waugh loved to send up t...

  • Paul

    2.5 starsI’m not sure what it is about me and Evelyn Waugh; critics have said this is one of the best novels of the twentieth century and I really don’t get it. It is, as ever, a satire on the mor...