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Vile Bodies Paperback – September, 1999
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The main plot concerns a group of young people from London's "bright young generation." They have monied parents and spend most of their time searching for the next party and amusing fad. The protagonist is Adam Fenwick-Symes, a poor writer who manages to live the highlife by being a hanger-on. He is in love with Nina Blount, but cannot marry her because of his economic status. The book chronicles his attempts at making enough money to marry Nina. As with other Waugh books, the characters are passive and do not really do anything, but they manage to have some terrible things happen to them!
The supporting characters are extremely funny, including the modern Agatha Runcible, the revolving line of Prime Ministers, and the various people who become the columnist Mr. Chatterbox. Of course, as with all of the Back Bay Books editions of Waugh's books, the cover and style are lovely. If you love Waugh, you'll love this book. Highly recommended.
"Vile Bodies," one his earlier novels, is prototypical of his career, featuring a protagonist who is beleaguered by misfortunes but manages to rise to certain challenges. Adam Fenwyck-Symes is a young author who would like to marry his girlfriend Nina Blount but doesn't have enough money to support her, and he has to write twelve books before he can get a decent advance from his publisher. For the time being, he rents a room at a boarding house run by a woman named Lottie Crump and inhabited by a disparate group of idiots including the deposed king of Ruritania.
Adam petitions Nina's father, a retired colonel who is either senile or eccentric or both, a wealthy man who's too cheap to buy a car or pay for bus fare but enthusiastic enough about the cinema to blow all his money on the production of a film about Methodism founder John Wesley, for some financial aid, but the old man's strings can't be pulled so easily.Read more ›
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He writes around the bitter, ugly mass of existence but does it in such a sing-song way that you're not quite sure how to digest itPublished 3 months ago by Sinuous Sausage
Didn't know what to expect with this book, but having read it I'd say it's interesting only in what worked as satire/comedy then. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Antoine Doinel
Supposedly this was Evelyn Waugh's break through novel. It felt like the 1930s equivalent of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Read morePublished 4 months ago by EQ Expert
I was board by its predictably and unremitting and arch British humor.Published 4 months ago by Eileen A. Max
If you like Bret Easton Ellis type work, this is where it all began. Heck if you don't like his work, this is a better version on his style.Published 7 months ago by PurelyMechanical
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