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A Handful of Dust is a novel by Evelyn Waugh published in 1934. It is included in Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels, and was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to present. The title is an allusion to T. S. Eliots 1922 poem The Waste Land:

I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

The novel was originally called A Handful of Ashes, but, after a dispute with his American publishers, the quotation from The Waste Land was chosen. Christopher Sykes, Waughs biographer, notes that the title was not apposite.

In A Handful of Dust Waugh satirises 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. Tony is preoccupied with the maintenance of 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.

After the Lasts son, also called John, dies in a riding accident, Brenda decides that she wants a divorce. In order to avoid any scandal for his wife, Tony agrees to go through the sham of creating appropriate grounds for divorce. Their agreement on the divorce falls apart when Brendas brother reveals that Brendas family will not adhere to her initial agreement on a monetary settlement, but instead will insist on a sum so large as to require Tony to sell Hetton; Tony then refuses to grant or file for a divorce. Instead, he participates in an expedition to Brazil. Stranded in the jungle, Tony falls ill, and his expedition companion, Dr. Messinger, dies while attempting to retrieve help. Tony wanders, delirious, until he stumbles into an isolated tribal village. Once there, he is held captive by a Mr. Todd, who insists that Tony remain forever, reading the works of Charles Dickens to him. Brendas relationship with John Beaver has fallen apart, and shortly after Tony is assumed dead she marries the couples mutual friend, Jock Grant-Menzies. The novel ends with obscure relatives of Tony taking over Hetton.

In an alternative ending for the novel, required by Waughs American publishers who did not approve of the bleakness of the original, Tony returns from Brazil and to his relationship with Brenda.

Waugh wrote of how the novel came to be written:

I had just written a short story about a man trapped in the jungle, ending his days reading Dickens aloud. The idea came quite naturally from the experience of visiting a lonely settler of that kind and reflecting how easily he could hold me prisoner [...] eventually the thing grew into a study of other sorts of savages at home and the civilized mans helpless plight among them. (Gallagher, 303).

The short story referred to is The Man Who Liked Dickens.

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The Trench by Steve Alten - eBook for your Kindle (mobi)

The Trench by Steve Alten - eBook for your Kindle (mobi)

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Its appetite is ravenous. Its teeth scalpel-sharp. Its power unstoppable as it smashes the steel doors holding it in a Monterey Aquarium. For the first time, the captive twenty-ton Megalodon shark has tasted human blood, and it wants more. Now, its feeding time. On the other side of the world, in the silent depths of the ocean, lies the Mariana Trench, where the Megalodon has spawned since the dawn of the time. Paleo-biologist Jonas Taylor once dared to enter this perilous cavern. And he wears the painful scars of that deadly encounter. Now, as the body count rises and the horror of a monsters attack grips the California coast, Jonas must begin the hunt again. But to do it means returning to the dark terror of the trench... where the MEG is waiting. Using himself as a bait, Jonas will enter the ultimate battle -- a fight to the death between man and beast in the darkest recesses of the ocean, and the fight for his sanity from the depths of his own tormented soul. Steve Alten once again unleashes the power of the MEG in a new heart-stopping thriller. The Trench takes us into the zone of the unknown and the primal terror of what is down there. Tense, realistic and action-filled, it will hold you in its grip until the last chilling page...

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Does Reacher survive the explosive ending of 61 HOURS? How could you doubt him? Now hes hoofing it through Nebraska to Virginia to see the new CO of the 110th Special Unit. Shell have to be patient because Reachers just met victims of the Duncan family and before long hell make up his mind to show those three badass brothers and wife-beating son why you shouldnt interrupt a man on his way to meet an intriguing woman with a very sexy voice.

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