Tony is devastated and yet, he ridiculously sets a stage for himself to be charged with infidelity so that the divorce can take place. Beaver and his mother have pressed Brenda to demand £2,000 per year. She begins an affair with Beaver. He is rescued by Mr Todd, a settler who rules over a small community in an inaccessible part of the jungle. In another part of the book there's a parish priest who recycles his sermons from thirty years earlier, all of which were written while he served in the army in Afghanistan; the parishioners don't mind the references to deserts and jungles and tigers. His only son is killed in a hunting accident.
Jock Grant-Menzies, who was present at the hunt, goes to London to inform Branda about the incident. The man is illiterate, and once had his father read to him from a library of Charles Dickens books every day. The stellar supporting cast all add up to a feast of fine acting. These wealthy bourgeois characters from Britain's 'smart set'--seem just like us. As it is with gossip, it slips away with the change of perspective. And as art, the acting, direction and cinematography are quite fine.
The characters are immoral and shallow. I mean, we are pretty well crossing Lady MacBeth with Medea in this scene. It isn't long before she sees him and makes advances toward him. That's not in the movie at all. Look, this is a disturbing book, this is exactly the sort of book you might expect to be written by someone who is witnessing the death of their social class. Meanwhile in London, Brenda has no money, so Beaver and her friends all leave her to her misery.
Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust is a masterpiece. The intonations are not necessarily pleasant to listen to but they each fit the respective characters well. The book was received well by critics and fans alike. Two friends whose taste I particularly trust have rated it 5 stars - and so have a whole bunch of other people. Wilby is well-cast as the dull but loyal lord of the manor who dotes on his young son.
Overall, I was very impressed. There is a lot of smoke here but no real fire until the late and great Sir Alec Guiness comes to work in the last 30 minutes creating a frightening illiterate fan of Charles Dickens. A young man called John Beaver Rupert Graves invites himself to stay, and Brenda, despite Beaver's vacuity, decides to have an affair with him, renting a small flat in Mayfair from Beaver's mother Judi Dench for the purpose. The last third feels like we've wandered into another book altogether, a bit Graham Greene, a bit Somerset Maugham, even a bit as Tony turns into an explorer and goes off into the Amazon. Out of sheer boredom, she begins an affair with a social-climbing mama's boy Rupert Graves. Fate knocks on his door.
His wife Brenda is slim, chic, young, and good-looking. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. The filmmakers of 'A Handful of Dust' are the same creative dynamos behind the hugely popular 'Brideshead Revisited'. The strands of dialogue themselves are in the spotlight. He ends up an abject and sadistically abused slave a real slave! A very unexpected ending with such sadness. This may be one of his bleakest novels, but also the one most rife with wonderful biting sarcasm that exposes the self-absorption of the English upper class and the disregard they have for any retributions for their actions.
It was his good fortune to be not so much misunderstood by the Bright Young Things of the Twenties and Thirties who bought his socially as well as intellectually sophisticated books, as not to be understood at all. The story mainly revolves around , who is a gentleman that lives in his ancestral home, Hetton Abbey. I will read this one again and read some more Waugh. The result is tragedy but the tragedy was already in existence. I imagine it reading in firmly buoyant mood, as relishable, detached: almost watching awful people destroy themselves, yet they're not just awful, they're human after all. One is a woman who takes a young lover, and willingly destroys her family and its traditions in the process. Nevertheless, she sees a pile of dust in the corner and says she would like to live for as many years as there are specks of dust in the pile.
But neither she nor any of the other savage Londoners that abet Brenda's cruelty give you much to hold onto. She convinces her husband to pay for the apartment,giving him the impression that she is going to take a course in economics. Perhaps, it seems to ask, reconciliation was indeed possible for the Lasts via roads not taken. Because, like Auden's elderly friends at a twilight gathering in the final poem of his great song cycle The Quest - his version of the age-old quest for meaning you really should read it! In my teens, I read, loved and re-read Brideshead, Scoop, Vile Bodies and Decline and Fall, and seemed to have exhausted the really interesting Waugh books. In fact, no one in Brenda's circle of friends and acquaintances seems to understand why Brenda should slither around with Beaver behind Tony's back, and -- more to the point -- Brenda herself doesn't seem entirely able to pinpoint his appeal. Riley MacPherson is returning to her childhood home in North Carolina. Often, Penguin footnotes add something over and above bare definition, but not these.
Waugh's satire here is very underplayed, very understated and very funny, but none the less utterly lethal for all that. While Beaver rises in their esteem, Brenda takes a flat and begins to attend every party in London. At Hetton, Brenda has been cut off from the social scen Source: Tony and Brenda Last are a young married couple who have been together for eight years. Thank goodness he's got the Dickens for company. The cinematography was pure 80s, the actors did their parts, and Sturridge brilliantly colored the themes and satires.
And when it comes to biting British wit, no one can outdo the great Evelyn Waugh. In addition there come up some unpleasant facts so in the end Tony refuses to give Brenda a divorce. The boy falls into a ditch. This was something I have never managed to do with Evelyn Waugh and his books remain for me whipped cream. Il di Stela mi ha suggerito motivazioni letterarie per insistere e ragioni tecniche per comprendere e in fondo apprezzare le scelte narrative.