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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,166 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Andrew Sachs Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After seven years of marriage, the beautiful Lady Brenda Last has grown bored with life at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that is the pride and joy of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set.

In a novel that combines tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible mood of the “crazy and sterile generation” between the wars.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With American life going on as it has been, I sometimes feel like holing up with the complete works of Evelyn Waugh.”

    New York Times

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bradley | 2/18/2014

    " Waugh never disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/13/2014

    " weird ending!? not sure i understood it, but a strangely funny book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Raku | 2/7/2014

    " This one just seems bitter and angry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sweetman Sweetman | 1/24/2014

    " A terrific and scathing look at the bored wealthy. We just don't learn from our mistakes, do we? "

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About the Author
Author Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966) was born October 28, 1903 in London, England. After short periods as an art student and schoolmaster, he devoted himself to travel and to the writing of novels. His novels are unusually highly wrought and precisely written. Those written before 1939 may be described as satirical. During World War II his writing took a more serious and ambitious turn. Waugh also wrote travel books.