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Publisher's Summary

A unique three-person reading. Vile Bodies is both a celebration of the hedonism of the young and a warning to those who believe that their licence to indulge is infinite and unquestionable.

A whole host of characters are introduced throughout Waugh's thought-provoking and often highly satirical story, which follows protagonist Adam through the perils and pitfalls of securing his marriage to Nina Blount, his fiancée.

Roll on an eccentric (verging on senile) father-in-law-to-be; parties at 10 Downing Street; a soiree in a Zeppelin; high times at Shepheard's hotel, where wine is always flowing; and the shocking and brilliant misbehaviour of Miss Agatha Runcible, who eventually finds drag racing a little "too, too, sick-making!"

Not without pathos and serious undertones, Waugh works a winning formula to produce an accomplished and mature "funny" novel.

©2008 CSA Word (P)2008 CSA Word

Critic Reviews

"A remarkably apposite portrait of a hedonistic society whose selfish indulgence surely cannot last - even the PM is called Brown! The successful part-dramatisation gives the edge to Waugh's caustic satire, bringing to life the dreadful characters with their wine-soaked soirees." ( The Observer)
"An end of an era portrait of decadence and moral decay but narrated with constantly amusing inventiveness, Vile Bodies is one of Waugh's masterpieces."( The Observer)

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Vortex of Vapid Rubbish Devolves into Nothingness


On each successive play of this audiobook, the question vexed me: how could it be that the same author who wrote the brilliant Brideshead Revisited also composed this doggerel volcano of vice and vileness, devoid of characters, dialogue and plot of any substance, value or virtue?

This short novel comes across as either a manic pervert's puerile idea of high-brow humor and wit or his successful stab at literary sadism.

Setting down the book was like walking away from a vortex of vapid rubbish that, in the end, devolved into nothingness.

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  • Nicola
  • Charleston, WV, USA
  • 01-08-10

oops

listened to this after watching brideshead revisited. probably a dumb move. nevertheless difficult to follow, silly, very short, not worth the credit...

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