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A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
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Oct 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-reads
Read from December 20 to 23, 2011

Delightfully tragic tale satirizing British society between the wars. Very witty and urbane with well-developed characters and an interesting plot. Waugh's writing style is classic and tells so much without having to try all that hard. His words drew me in and created worlds and times long past. While reading this book, I did a little internet research on Waugh and found that he drew inspiration from his experiences as a member of the "Bright Young People" social set. Based on what I read of his life, I would be interested to read a critical examination of the biographical aspects of his portrayal of Tony Last as well as how much he based Brenda's character on his own first wife. I highly recommend this as an intriguing and rather quick read, and I intend to read more of Waugh's work as well as take some time to learn more about him.

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