Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 1934
Genre Fiction
Origin UK
Publisher New Directions
My Copy red clothbound hardback. 1945(?) copy. New Directions Books / Little Brown & Co
First Read May 16, 2012

A Handful of Dust

Waugh's portrait of the end of a marriage shocked me. It starts as a silly book about spoiled aristocratic society types, but takes a really sudden turn for the serious, and became for me a deeply moving portrait of alienation and loss. I have rarely read something that changed course so dramatically. Or at least I've rarely had my perception of a work shift so radically. I was expecting satire, but was blindsided with pathos. I found it to be really pitiful in the purest sense: I was overwhelmed with pity for its characters.

Noted on May 20, 2012

You can't ever tell what's going to hurt people.

Quoted on May 20, 2012

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