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 condominium and existence. whilst girl 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 show Waugh at his so much scathing. The motion is determined within the brittle social global recognizable from Decline and Fall and Vile our bodies, darkened and deepened by means of Waugh’s personal event of sexual betrayal. As Tony is pushed via 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 fantastic and depraved wit of 1 of the 20th century’s so much comprehensive novelists.
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He picked up some of the letters. "No. Mama wants nanny to send John's measurements. She's knitting him something for Christmas. And the mayor wants me to open something next month. " "Well you must write the speech. I'm getting too old for the girlish one I used to give them all. " "That's easy. " "I guessed not... " "You go if you like. " "That's all right. " "Darling, don't be cross. I know we aren't going. I'm not making a thing about it. " Then Brenda's maid brought in the other tray. He had it put by the window seat, and began opening his letters.
18 so looking forward visit. Beaver. " "What's he coming here for? " I suppose I did in a vague kind of way. " "Well it jolly well serves you right. That's what comes of going up to London on business and leaving me alone here... " "Just a young man. " "I used to know her. She's hell. " "Too late, he's in the train now, recklessly mixing starch and protein in the Great Western three and six-penny lunch... Anyway he can go into Sir Galahad. " "What on earth are we going to do with him? " "You go over to Pigstanton.
Although they were both in good health and of unexceptional figure, Tony and Brenda were on a diet. It gave an interest to their meals and saved them from the two uncivilised extremes of which solitary diners are in danger-absorbing gluttony or an irregular regimen of scrambled eggs and raw beef sandwiches. Under their present system they denied themselves the combination of protein and starch at the same meal. They had a printed catalogue telling them which foods contained protein and which starch.