It May Shock You, But It Will Make You Laugh New York TimesA Wickedly Witty And Iridescent Novel TIMEA Hectic Piece Of Savage SatireI Laughed Until I Was Driven Out Of The RoomVS Pritchett, The SpectatorEvelyn Waugh Is A Satirist, No Doubt, But Not A Skeptic, For He Believes, And Proves, That Amusement Can Be Depriced From The Most Unpromising Material, From People, That Is, Whose One Occupation In Life Is The Quest For Amusement, People Who Give And Attend Parties Saturday ReviewA Savage Study In Public And Private MoralsIt Is Uproarious It Is Also FerociousJohn K Hutchens, New York TimesWonderfully FunnyJessica Mitford, LIFE Britain S Great Gatsby Stephen FryEvelyn Waugh S Acidly Funny And Formally Daring Satire, Vile Bodies Reveals The Darkness And Vulnerability That Lurks Beneath The Glittering Surface Of The High LifeIn The Years Following The First World War A New Generation Emerges, Wistful And Vulnerable Beneath The Glitter The Bright Young Things Of Twenties Mayfair, With Their Paradoxical Mix Of Innocence And Sophistication, Exercise Their Inventive Minds And Vile Bodies In Every Kind Of Capricious Escapade Whether Promiscuity, Dancing, Cocktail Parties Or Sports Cars In A Quest For Treasure, A Favourite Party Occupation, A Vivid Assortment Of Characters, Among Them The Struggling Writer Adam Fenwick Symes And The Glamorous, Aristocratic Nina Blount, Hunt Fast And Furiously For Ever Greater Sensations And The Fulfilment Of Unconscious DesiresIf You Enjoyed Vile Bodies, You Might Like Waugh S A Handful Of Dust, Also Available In Penguin Modern Classics The High Point Of The Experimental, Original Waugh Malcolm Bradbury, Sunday Times This Brilliantly Funny, Anxious And Resonant Novel The Difficult Edgy Guide To The Turn Of The Decade Richard Jacobs


5 thoughts on “Vile Bodies (Penguin Modern Classics) (English Edition)

  1. Janet Nichols Janet Nichols says:

    I adore his outrageous sense of humor and accurate depiction of the British It just seemed a less substantial story than Scoop , Decline and Fall and A Handful of Dust All his heroes seem the same to me, rather hapless and victims of absurd circumstances The women are always so vacuous, shallow and obsessed with material comforts, but nevertheless entertaining Crazy characters like Lottie, the Colonel and the drunk Major He definitely has strong opinions about the press, publishing and British high society Also customs agents How I would love to write like him


  2. Randy Keehn Randy Keehn says:

    I have read a half dozen or so books by Evelyn Waugh I enjoy his style of writing but I am occassionally left wondering what was the point of the book For example, Brideshead Revisited read like a classic of literature but I still haven t figured out its purpose 8 years later Well, I enjoyed it so what s the big deal Yet this is the same author who wrote A Handful of Dust which was quite a moving experience for me when I read it Fortunately, one learns right away in Vile Bodies that this is a satire on the Noble Society in the decade or so after WWI It may not have had a point but it was a lot of fun reading it I laughed out loud several times during the book Waugh seems to enjoy poking fun at the idle rich and formerly rich and his gift for writing clearly extends into humor The ending caught me a bit off guard Once again I think I failed to grasp a meaning where there might have been one No regrets, though I had fun getting there just the same.


  3. M. Newman M. Newman says:

    This excellent satire about 1920 s British Bright young things started a bit slowly for me but steadily picked up steam as it went along By the time the tale had ended too soon I might add it had offered numerous laugh out loud passages This was one of the funniest books that I ve read in quite awhilereminded me why I loved the other works by Waugh that I had read years ago.


  4. Ballet Fan Ballet Fan says:

    Robert Hardy s reading of Vile Bodies leaves much to be desired He reads too fast, does not always enunciate properly, and changes the volume loudness of his voice to such a degree that the quiet parts are difficult to catch He is a good actor, on stage and screen, but he needs training as a book reader.


  5. Good stuff Good stuff says:

    While not his finest novel of this period, it contains some memorably witty scenes while capturing the dawn of modern tabloid culture.