Books: Melofarce

A HANDFUL OF DUST—Evelyn Waugh —Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

Five years ago Evelyn Waugh wrote an unusual first novel (Decline & Fall) which scandalized some readers, tickled many more. In 1930 came Vile Bodies, more of the same, which seemed to establish its author as one of the really funny satirists of the day. But his next, Black Mischief, sandwiched in between some disappointingly pedantic travel books, had an inferior taste, a gritty quality that set some teeth on edge. Last week readers of his latest novel were loudly disagreeing with each other...

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