Improbably, this is a love story in which Adam Fenwick-Symes, a destitute young writer, hungers for Nina Blount, daughter of an eccentric aristocrat. But at the same time, it is a satire that plays against the social whirl of a class doomed to extinction as certainly as the dodo.
"The defiant hilarity of a dance on a sinking ship." --Alexander Woolcott....Continua
A silly, nonsensical book with over-the-top characters and exaggerated encounters. Often I asked myself why am I reading this tripe but then I realized that I wanted to know how their misadventures would end.
"Darling," she said, "there is no looking-glass in my room and no bath anywhere, and I trod on someone cold and soft asleep in the passage, and I've been awake all night killing bugs with drops of face lotion, and everything smells, and I feel so low I could die."...Continua
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
Published Chapman & Hall, 1930; this edition Penguin, 1974.
Sometimes, paperback publishers get the “look” of an author spot-on, and the Bentley/Farrell/Burnett covers for Penguin’s Evelyn Waugh edition in the 1970s are as right today as they were forty years ago. (Pan’s James Bond covers in the 1960s are another never-bettered example.)
Vile Bodies is a brilliant social and political satire. Forget the witless movie adaptation, and devote an afternoon to the too divine original....Continua