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A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
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Jun 24, 2012

This is a terrible, bad book about terrible, bad people. I suppose that's a bit trite and redundant, but in the case of this novel, it's merited. The characters are bland and self-absorbed. A handful of dust is about the most that each is worth. Waugh is stylistic, and his prose is engaging, but unless you have to read this for study, don't bother. It would be great if these people could meet Lily Casey of Half Broke Horses...she'd try to beat some actual sense and character into them, or, in the likely possibility that even she would fail at this, she'd probably just shoot 'em with her pearl handled revolver. I suppose that seems a bit extreme, but in the case of this novel, it's merited. There are unusual plot developments further in the novel, but for the most part they are either depressing or flat-out creepy. I just felt dirty and smarmy after reading this book--not a fun feeling. If you must read Waugh, read Brideshead Revisited.

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