A Handful of Dust (Penguin Modern Classics)
2 journalers for this copy...
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.
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.