Vile Bodies

Vile Bodies Evelyn Waugh s second novel Vile Bodies is his tribute to London s smart set It introduces us to society as it used to be but that now is gone forever and probably for good

Evelyn Waugh s second novel, Vile Bodies is his tribute to London s smart set It introduces us to society as it used to be but that now is gone forever, and probably for good.

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  1. Evelyn Waugh s father Arthur was a noted editor and publisher His only sibling Alec also became a writer of note In fact, his book The Loom of Youth 1917 a novel about his old boarding school Sherborne caused Evelyn to be expelled from there and placed at Lancing College He said of his time there, the whole of English education when I was brought up was to produce prose writers it was all we were taught, really He went on to Hertford College, Oxford, where he read History When asked if he took up any sports there he quipped, I drank for Hertford In 1924 Waugh left Oxford without taking his degree After inglorious stints as a school teacher he was dismissed for trying to seduce a school matron and or inebriation , an apprentice cabinet maker and journalist, he wrote and had published his first novel, Decline and Fall in 1928 In 1928 he married Evelyn Gardiner She proved unfaithful, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1930 Waugh would derive parts of A Handful of Dust from this unhappy time His second marriage to Audrey Herbert lasted the rest of his life and begat seven children It was during this time that he converted to Catholicism During the thirties Waugh produced one gem after another From this decade come Vile Bodies 1930 , Black Mischief 1932 , the incomparable A Handful of Dust 1934 and Scoop 1938 After the Second World War he published what is for many his masterpiece, Brideshead Revisited, in which his Catholicism took center stage The Loved One a scathing satire of the American death industry followed in 1947 After publishing his Sword of Honor Trilogy about his experiences in World War II Men at Arms 1952 , Officers and Gentlemen 1955 , Unconditional Surrender 1961 his career was seen to be on the wane In fact, Basil Seal Rides Again 1963 his last published novel received little critical or commercial attention Evelyn Waugh, considered by many to be the greatest satirical novelist of his day, passed away on 10 April 1966 at the age of 62.See enpedia wiki Evelyn_W

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  1. 2.5 starsWaugh s second novel is a rather bleak comic satire on the Bright Young Things of the 1920s It is a witty series of anecdotes, often rather disjointed The title is from the funeral service and the style mimics Eliot and modernism The pace is breathless and there is a line in a Disney song which runs busy going nowhere Indeed there is an inscription from Carroll at the beginning it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place The plot is fairly thin It revolves around Adam [...]

  2. Unputdownable both excitingly modern original, a novel about manners society and all that jazz I have seriously not read something this comical and smart and sad since my all time fave A Confederacy of Dunces The sharp dialogue is than clever it constructs a full little universe in which bright young creatures can party it up like there s no tomorrow Love everything about it the tone, the pace, the interaction of so many personalities Fantastic I read all 321 pages in one sitting This is a book [...]

  3. Ooooh what s that shiny thing, it s hurting my eyes Sorry, that d be me, I m a bright young thing Avert your eyes lest they be burned from their sockets Wow, so what is a bright young thing then Forgive my ignorance but I m just not that cultured Don t worry, its an easy premise to grasp here, let me explain we bright young things are an erudite group of social laaah de dahs who favour a bohemian life style We like the finer things in life and indulge our love of drinking, dancing and outlandish [...]

  4. Updated thoughts can be found here youtu msKfCg6fUzoI just finished reading the gorgeous 1930 novel, Vile Bodies by the old genius of a boy, Evelyn Waugh.I feel it s not too soon to admit to this already being one of my favorite books of all time Just lovely in every way.I d already seen the hilarious 2003 film adaptation by my hero, Stephen Fry but I actually think I like the book even .So rich with wit and humor so full of characters that one would love to share a bottle or 40 of fizz with.My [...]

  5. Vile bodies, vile people, vile attitudes, only they could have named themselves bright young things Good book, Evelyn Waugh knows his own kind but also knows how to send them up.

  6. Very interesting and a different world to today So much scandal and great characters.I felt it was slow at parts Some characters i loved and some i really didnt.Everyone just seemed like upper class socicalite rebels I heard a quote that i found matched what I thought of the book Vile Bodies, Vile People, Vile Attitudes

  7. Reading Evelyn Waugh is like watching an elaborate, adult cartoon His writing is beyond the usual satire, black humour, cynicism and all other attributes it was gratified with Its extraordinary visual quality is supported by few epic features, and it is called a novel only in the absence of a better term, as justly observed Alan Dale in his review on Blogcritics Therefore, if you look for a cleverly deployed plot, strong characters and coherent actions, or balanced oppositions and moral battlegr [...]

  8. An odd, fun read, broadly humorous than I expected Set among the out of control bright young things of London who are quite crazily sent up by Waugh, Vile Bodies is enjoyable and crazy yet also shows some of the pathos of the time lurking in the background I think I prefer Waugh s subtle work but would have to read to be sure.Then there are some great passages that I really did love such as the following.The truth is that motor cars offer a very happy illustration of the metaphysical distinct [...]

  9. Who s that awful looking woman She s no one Mrs Panrast she s called now She seems to know you Yes I ve known her all my life As a matter of fact, she s my mother My dear, how too shaming If you ve got a taste for Ronald Firbank s prose and you enjoy seeing Thomas Hardy getting skewered, I think you ll gleefully sink your teeth into Waugh s Vile Bodies 1930 The book s a nice slab of satire that hasn t lost its humor, though now its bite may resemble a vicious gumming than a threatening snap and [...]

  10. First impression Hilarious Total spot on satire of 1930s, pseudo wannabe posh society in Britain and I can say that with such confidence because I was there and all Well, no, not quite, not by about 53 years and an ocean, but I do live in New York, where desperate social climbers the see and be seen ers and tacky people with a bit of money proliferate against my wishes The difference is that somewhere along the road, we stopped satirizing these people and took to glorifying them instead Case in [...]

  11. Our conversation is in heaven from whence also we look for the saviourWho shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself Philipians 3 17 21This book, the best titled book by one of literature s great titlers, snuck up on me It s really fun and quick to read satirical and absurdist and suddenly toward the end I started to think that maybe it s not a little but quite a bit deeper t [...]

  12. I often wonder about book blurbs, because really how many times can you describe a book with the words funny and hilarious and have the book actually be funny and hilarious My edition of this book has a blurb by the New York Time s that says It may shock you, but it will make you laugh Well New York Times, let s see the tally shall we times I was shocked by this book zero times I laughed maybe two and a half, but it wasn t a hearty laugh, it was of a sarcastic Ha Now, a better blurb in my opini [...]

  13. Superb satire, downright funny at times, with silly characters flailing about and making poor decisions, but I feel strangely melancholic about the ending which, I suppose, was Waugh s intent.

  14. This book really snuck up on me For the first 100 pages I kept thinking it was a cute little book but only worth 3 The I read though the I enjoyed it and appreciated its wit and charm Still it was only a 3.5 read I finished and thought about it for awhile when like a thunderbolt the true value of the book hit me The parody of the romantic comedy centers around Adam Fenwick Symes, reportedly a bright, young, up and coming novelist who has as his love interest, another bright young thing, Nina W [...]

  15. Vile Bodies is no Brideshead Revisited, but then, if you read my much earlier post on Brideshead, you ll know that even Brideshead itself didn t quite live up to it s own first 100 pages for me What I d really like to do is just read the beginnings of Evelyn Waugh novels from now on From the first pages of Vile Bodies I was filled with the delicious anticipation of forthcoming satirical wit, but just as I experienced with Brideshead, Handful of Ashes, and even Decline and Fall, the rest of the b [...]

  16. Stephen Fry filmed it under the title Bright Young Things Implausible aristos and hangers on, and often written in brief banal sentences that are reminiscent of Janet and John reading primers than good literature and perhaps shows how shallow and ephemeral these people were Nevertheless, very readable.

  17. Vile Bodies was Evelyn Waugh s second novel, first published in 1930 it is dedicated to Bryan and Diana Guinness the sister and brother in law of Nancy Mitford, Diana of course later becoming the infamous Diana Moseley Ooooh what s that shiny thing, it s hurting my eyes Sorry, that d be me, I m a bright young thing Avert your eyes lest they be burned from their sockets Wow, so what is a bright young thing then Forgive my ignorance but I m just not that cultured Vile Bodies is a wonderfully bitin [...]

  18. VILE BODIES 1930 Evelyn Waugh .This was Waugh s second novel, and full of his wit and cleverness that so impressed his early readers It was the story of Britain s Bright Young Things, the young people who rose to the top of the social scene in the period between the two Wars In fact, Waugh even predicted WW II, since the novel ends up being told from one of its battlefields There are lots of members of the Things introduced in his story if you are trying to pick out the main characters you will [...]

  19. I really wish I could rate by half stars too This is really a Three and a half star book.I enjoyed this It was fairly typical of pre war Waugh It s light, breezy, wonderfully written, and takes itself about as seriously as its characters take themselves What it felt like, really, was a Wodehouse novel with a mean streak Much of Waugh s social critique could be leveled at today s society as well His characters seemed, for all their dated speech and clothing, to be people that I knew Shiftless, un [...]

  20. This is the novel I would most like to have written myself I know, I know I love everything Evelyn Waugh wrote up to and including The Loved One after that I think it goes a bit awry, and I ve never liked the Sword of Honour trilogy As he got older, Waugh seemed to distance himself from his comic satiric genius, as if he thought it was unfitting to a man of his status But the comedies are the works that have endured, and none is better than Vile Bodies It s bitter and sharp, sometimes vicious, s [...]

  21. It s a satirical and deceptively whimsical take on wealth and debauchery in the 1920 s Sort of like a children s book for adults There are an awful lot of characters, but I suppose it s the nature of this book to flit about And actually, I think it carries depth than is generally acknowledged In any case, it does a beautiful job of bringing that period to life.I ve heard that Nina was based on Nancy Mitford, but I m not certain of that.

  22. A delicious story about a doomed sort of confused aristocracy just ask them Lots of laugh out loud moments really, just ask Tim who was trying to sleep Best not to think too much about the reality that they have once again taken control of All Matters on Earth Just giggle at the adorable Colonel Blount.

  23. I fear that, if Vile Bodies is typical of his work, I shall have to add Evelyn Waugh to the list of critically acclaimed and popular writers whom I simply can t get to grips with EM Forster and Charles Dickens are already on that list Vile Bodies is a dull and very disappointing book First published in 1930 when Waugh was in his late 20s , it s one of the author s earliest novels I ve not read any of Waugh s other work I can but hope that his writing improved considerably after this Set primaril [...]

  24. Up til now I was 0 2 with Waugh, which might elicit a Waugh is me, which, alas, it just did The Loved One, his famous satire of the death business in the USA mildly amused me in high school I found it at least interesting than Scoop, a look at the news biz that I barely remember anything about at all other than the lingering memory of being bitterly disappointed by it Vile Bodies is often said to be his masterpiece, and so I just waded into the first 50 pages and find them mildly amusing as it [...]

  25. Maybe even 4 stars I ll have to think about that In any case, I found this too, too funny The plot revolves around the Bright Young Things trying to get by with little money and no ambition but it is the characters that make this novel rather than the plot.

  26. Do you you think that the neediness of seeing and being seen is a particularly human trait If so, Evelyn Waugh s Vile Bodies is an embodiment of that trait The distinguishing feature of the elite of the 1920s society was their shallow frippery and life is a long party attitude Waugh s own comment, I regard writing not as investigation of character but as an exercise in the use of language, and with this I am obsessed I have no technical psychological interest It is drama, speech and events that [...]

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