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Vile Bodies [Hardcover]

Evelyn Waugh
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish (1987)
  • ISBN-10: 0863076912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863076916
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bright young things 14 Jun 2012
Format:Hardcover
The first chapter didn't impel me to read on but, due to references to this book during a television programme, I continued. It was the term 'bright young things', the period of history, and the Buckinghamshire setting of Colonel Blount's home that intrigued me. Waugh introduced new terms to the English language, delved deeper into the social concerns of this sector of society and all on my doorstep!
The characters are typecast; a device that develops the reader's view of the society. There are humerous moments which shroud more serious events. But then a society that is light and frivolous would overlook the serious and there is comedy in that. Well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vile Bodies 1 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is in excellent condition and arrived at the time I was told. I am very disappointed in the story itself. Very light and not what I would expect from Waugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bright Young Things 31 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
Droll, adept, shrewd - Waugh uses his characters to describe a raucous and mirthful time when the rich and beautiful youth of the twenties allowed no authority to stand in the way of getting their kicks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘’Masked parties, Savage parties, Victorian parties, Greek parties, Wild West parties” 7 April 2014
By Louis Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Evelyn Waugh’s second novel is a delightful danish of a work, sweet, flaky, kind of insubstantial, but delicious. It chronicles the foibles of a group of rich carefree youths he called "The Bright Young People" as they mostly go out and about to parties and outings, lunches and so forth. The humour is very funny and very silly and very many targets come into Waugh's sights including, but not limited to, the rich, the intoxicated, and the religious. There isn't much in the way of plot but Waugh doesn't need a plot, loosely structuring the hilarious situations and dialogue around Adam Fenwick-Symes, a young writer attempting with little success to make a living from writing in order to marry his lover, Nina Blount. The novel treats everything as material for satire, from suicide to religion, and in doing so creates a skeptical and arch attitude which has held up over time, losing none of it's tasty flavor.
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