Notes On Re-reading: Self-Assessment Department

It is not a book I enjoy re-reading but there are one or two funny scenes which redeem it from banality.

-Evelyn Waugh, from his 1964 preface to a reprint of his 1930 novel Vile Bodies. They did not pull this quote to use as a blurb.

Notes on Re-reading from an unexpected source

Near the end of Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust, one of the characters, on an expedition into parts of the Amazon, becomes sick and lost and gets rescued by a guy raising cattle. The rescuer is part native and part English, and grew up with his father reading to him, but never learned to […]