A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

A Handful of Dust
by Evelyn Waugh

In A Handful of Dust Waugh satirizes the British landed gentry and mercantile class. The novel is set in the 1930s, and focuses on the breakdown of the marriage of Tony and Brenda Last. The aristocratic Tony is preoccupied with the maintenance of his family home, Hetton Abbey, an example of unfashionable Victorian Gothic architecture.

John Beaver, a self-interested and impoverished social climber, invites himself to Hetton for the weekend, and soon after begins an affair with Brenda, who yearns for urban excitement.























Join or login to comment.

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I missed. It's been quite a month. Everybody under the weather. Including cat and car. All seems to be slowly improving tho and hope to see everyone next time.

    April 3, 2013

  • Jacky

    Hi Everybody, I am unable to make our next meeting. I am involved in a sleep study that night. Does someone want to volunteer to lead the group on Wednesday? I would be much obliged. (And I'm bummed, because I was looking forward to discussing this one!)

    March 29, 2013

    • Andy

      I'll be there early and will organize.

      April 1, 2013

    • Jacky

      Thank you Andy!

      April 2, 2013

  • valerie

    Do I need to read the entire book by 4/3?

    March 12, 2013

    • Jacky

      Yes Valerie. I know you joined recently, so you might not have enough time to finish, but come anyway. The group is very engaging.

      March 29, 2013

10 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sometimes the best Meetup Group is the one you start

Get started Learn more

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy