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 Post subject: "Handful of Dust" - Evelyn Waugh
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This is my 4th novel by Waugh.... and so far my favorite.

The flow of it is kind of odd though. Like other novels from Waugh there's a lot of satire and comedy. But in this one there are moments (later in the book) that are very dark and serious. The description that Waugh gives for the death of one of the characters is haunting and beautiful... while bumming me the heck out at the same time.

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It's a good and pathetic story, to be sure. He's one of the greats.

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Tried Waugh once. Just couldn't connect.

Why do you feel he is great?

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 Post subject: Re: "Handful of Dust" - Evelyn Waugh
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Highlander wrote:
Tried Waugh once. Just couldn't connect.

Why do you feel he is great?



Which one did you try?
I didn't like The Loved One.
Vile Bodies was good but hard to relate to the characters.
Brideshead was really good... But didn't have any of his satire that I saw in other books.

If I would have first read The Loved One I probably would never read him again.

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Brideshead


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St V hates Brideshead too. :roll:

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I have never read Brideshead Revisited and have no intention of ever doing so, that book is not even on my list. :fyi:

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I have never read Brideshead Revisited and have no intention of ever doing so, that book is not even on my list. :fyi:


I guess the best one might do when faced with a statement like that is to advance the notion that you may possibly be more to be pitied than censured.

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Doom wrote:
I have never read Brideshead Revisited and have no intention of ever doing so, that book is not even on my list. :fyi:


I guess the best one might do when faced with a statement like that is to advance the notion that you may possibly be more to be pitied than censured.

Why not both?

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Brideshead was really good... But didn't have any of his satire that I saw in other books.

It does have a good bit of satire, particularly connected with Rex and Mr. Samgrass. But you're right, it's toned way down. Which I think is part of what raises it so far above much of his other work. Not that I'm a snob who thinks comedy can't be great art. But in Waugh's case the comedy is maybe a bit too parochial to really rise to that level. Whereas Brideshead, it seems to me, is genuinely universal despite its extreme particularity.

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Highlander wrote:
Tried Waugh once. Just couldn't connect.

Why do you feel he is great?

I don't know how to answer that apart from saying I couldn't really answer it about Dickens, either.

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Norwegianblue wrote:
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I have never read Brideshead Revisited and have no intention of ever doing so, that book is not even on my list. :fyi:


I guess the best one might do when faced with a statement like that is to advance the notion that you may possibly be more to be pitied than censured.

Why not both?

Send him to Antarctica!

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gherkin wrote:
... Whereas Brideshead, it seems to me, is genuinely universal despite its extreme particularity.
Which is really what literature, IMHO, is all about. Making the peculiar or intimate or mundane or even desperate .... universal. Which is why I like John Irving's The World According to Garp -- even if it is peculiarly surrealistic.

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I don't know if I have a view on that, but it sounds good to me.

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I don't know if I have a view on that, but it sounds good to me.
Of course it sounds good. I was hoping for stupendous, but I'll take good.

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