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The other day, I was listening to an audiobook for a novel that I had to read for my British Novel Pre-World War II course called A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh. It actually started off as one of the most memorable books for the entire class. The opening was strong, the conflict was readily apparent and it existed, and best of all was that it seemed semi-modern. It wasn't too in-line with the arbitrary norms at the time for sex and actually had a really interesting plot: re-arising sicknesses when humanity is starting to decline... at least, from what I could gather, that's what was going on.
It was a story about a pretty likable family working together to try to stop a polio outbreak from their town. They had crushed it once, but all of a sudden, it picked up again and got about ten times worse, and this time it only had an incubation period of about twelve hours, then took another twelve to be fatal. It dealt with death tastefully and the character interactions, as well as the characters themselves, were believable enough to make me really engaged in the story.
That was, until something really stupid happened. All of a sudden, one of the characters mentioned, "Polio... didn't a president have that at some point or another?" I pretty much stopped my car and pulled off to the side of the road, which you can do safely if you live in the middle of nowhere, and double checked to make sure I had heard it right by going back thirty seconds, and sure enough, they said the same thing again. Then I saw the title.
I wasn't reading A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh. I was reading In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis. And I had just wasted three hours reading the wrong book. Damn.
Needless to say, I returned the eBook and Audio Book, which I could do because Amazon is awesome, and picked up the correct version to start reading tonight. Thank Grod I found this out now instead of getting in to class tomorrow and being all like, "So how about that polio thing, huh?"
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