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Summary

A satiric novel by Evelyn Waugh, published in 1930.

Set in England between the wars, the novel examines the frenetic but empty lives of the Bright Young Things, young people who indulge in constant party-going, heavy drinking, and promiscuous sex. At the novel's end, the realities of the world intrude, with Adam Fenwick-Symes, the protagonist, serving on a battlefield at the onset of another world war.

©1930 Evelyn Waugh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Wonderful narration

Really enjoyed this. The narration was spot on for the time and feel of the story.

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hilarious tale of the bright young things

interwar years filled with booze and parties and the impending doom of WWII. Robert Hardy is brilliant as ever.

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Mad, sad and funny

Great performance from Robert Hardy. Story is a bit choppy but some very funny and poignant bits.

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Outrageously witty

Vile Bodies is a madly brilliant and hilarious novel - the narration is a tour de force, and beyond all praise.

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Strange

Odd book. Author dislikes his characters. Disjointed. Moments of humour but overall not that funny. Deus ex machina ending. Well read.

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Excellent narration

Talented narration made the book worth listening to. What skill. All books should have this quality of narration from talented actors/authors.

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  • M. J. Walsh
  • 11-05-20

Between the Waughs

Absurd comedy meets contemptuous mockery, before concluding as sad elegy in Waugh's fragmented account of the life of the bright young things in society London between the wars. At times Robert Hardy's reading seems to be trying too hard for effect, but is at its best in the very funny moments featuring a collection of blimpish numbskulls. Uneven but a good experience.

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  • David
  • 10-04-20

Disappointing

Found it on the recommendation of Alexei Sayle in an article about humorous fiction. Should have gone with gut instinct about Sayle's own attempts at humour. Some wry moments but that's about it. Simon's character seems to know something!