Friday, July 31, 2009

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

I had to read this book for a college class and while I was admittedly not all that interested in getting to know it (not sure why), after awhile I actually found myself enjoying it, even laughing out loud at parts. A satire on the British upper class, the novel is set in the 1930s and focuses on the breakdown of the marriage of the fictional characters Tony and Lady Brenda Last.

Waugh was best known for his darkly humorous and satirical novels, though he was extremely conservative. George Orwell apparently called him "about as good a novelist as one can be while holding untenable opinions." Regardless, I'm still interested in reading some of Waugh's other satirical works.

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