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The Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion
Melvin Lerner

A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library)

A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh, William Boyd This is a hilariously funny book for the first 2/3rds or so. But I prefer Huxley's satires of the same era and class if only because Huxley's characters are better: people as opposed to caricatures. Well, also with Huxley it's less obvious it's satire, whereas with Waugh he sort of hits you over the head with it. And that's my biggest criticism, despite how much I enjoyed it; too obvious. The left turn, which ends rather nicely I must say, is very heavy handed as a way of contrasting English society. He could have picked something less extreme. But it certainly is really funny, at least up until Tony leaves (and it still is funny, just a lot blacker) and enjoyable. Don't really understand why it's on so many lists of the best novels of the 20th century, on the other hand. That seems a triffle ridiculous. Yes it does.