The depravity and polished savagery of these characters offer an opportunity for Waugh's rapier wit and subtly to "show us fear in a handful of dust."
"Waugh's technique is relentless and razor-edged...by any standard it is super satire." (Chicago Daily News)...Continua
I'm a little uncertain of my rating for this book. I enjoyed parts of it very much, and other parts not at all. I feel rather like it would have been much better if Waugh had made it about half as long; it sprawls too much, as if it doesn't quite know where it's going most of the time, so just sort of eases around to it....Continua