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.
"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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By W Perry Hall on 29-05-18
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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By Nicola on 08-01-10
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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