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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!