A Handful of Dust (Penguin Modern Classics)

by Evelyn Waugh | Audiobooks |
ISBN: 0141187468 Global Overview for this book
Registered by yogie of Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on 10/1/2007
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by yogie from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, October 1, 2007
Reading it for my Eng lit, level 1 class. I am enjoying it so far. It reminds me a bit of the Great Gatsby with all the affairs and everything going on, but then I haven't gotten very far, only about 60-70 pages into the book.

From amazon.co.uk:
After seven years of marriage, the beautiful Lady Brenda Last is bored with life at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that is the pride and joy of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set. Brilliantly combining tragedy, comedy and savage irony, A Handful of Dust captures the irresponsible mood of the 'crazy and sterile generation' between the wars. The breakdown of the Last marriage is a painful, comic re-working of Waugh's own divorce, and a symbol of the disintegration of society.

Journal Entry 2 by yogie from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Saturday, October 6, 2007
I enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of the style used in the Great Gatsby. I liked the fact that all the characters seemed to be utterly devoid of feelings. I have read one such book before, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. It wasn't as unemotional as that one, but still, the characters didn't really seem capable of feeling much.
I watched the film as well, as a part of my lit class, but I liked the book better. The linear way the plot is played in the book seemed to be like random sequences out of people's lives in the film. Also, it was a lot easier to feel empathy towards the characters as they were more alive in the film than in the book. Where they were stereotypical and not caring in the book, they cried in the film. The book just left a lot more open to interpretations.
Will hold onto for the duration of the course and then release somewhere or give to someone.

Journal Entry 3 by Alvhyttan from Nora, Västmanland Sweden on Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Thank you so very much yogie!

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