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Witty, but lacking plot or character development. Not for everyone.
on 23 January 2017
Vile Bodies is stuffed with farcical characters whose Jazz Age lives are a non-stop series of parties and adventures – endless cocktail parties, tiresome but amusing encounters with half-mad socialites, a motor car race etc. No one seems terribly bothered or affected by any piece of news or turn of events in this world, including the loss or acquisition of huge sums of money. There is much wit on display and this is undoubtedly a good caricature of the time. However, if you’ve read similar novels, I probably wouldn’t recommend this one as there is little plot and the characters, being caricatures, lack depth and fail to hold one’s interest. (Instead, I would recommend The Beautiful and Damned by Fitzgerald).