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Format:  CD
ISBN-10: 1934997153
ISBN-13: 9781934997154
Sku: 208669924
Publish Date: 11/1/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 5.75H x 5L x 1.25T
Pages:  3
Age Range:  NA
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It was clearly going to be a bad crossing. (from the first line)
Evelyn Waugh was known for his cutting critiques of English high -- and low -- society of the 1920s and ''30s. "Vile Bodies" finds him at the peak of his form. This story of impoverished writer and high-society hanger-on Adam Fenwick-Symes recounts his endless attempts to wed heiress Nina Blount. The unforgettable cast of zanies includes American evangelist Mrs. Ape, the modern Mrs. Runcible, a revolving line of Prime Ministers, and the inimitable Mr. Chatterbox. Waugh''s coruscating wit and surprisingly serious ending are well-served by this dramatic audio version.
This early novel by Evelyn Waugh, set among the "bright young things" of fashionable London society in the 1920's, portrays a world of carefree, rootless, and frivolous young people who put most of their effort into amusing themselves. The story of Adam Fenwick-Symes, who devotes all his efforts to accumulating enough money to win the heart of Nina, it ends with a sentimentally traditional English Christmas, as a satiric counterpoint to the debased values of the characters. Written with the sharp eye and savage wit for which he became famous, it is one of Waugh's most brutally funny books.
Author Bio
Evelyn Waugh
Educated at Oxford, Waugh worked as a schoolteacher--a job he loathed--until his first novel, DECLINE AND FALL, was published in 1928. He served in the Royal Marines in World War II, stationed in Crete and Yugoslavia, the setting for his trilogy, "Sword of Honor". In 1930 he converted to Roman Catholicism; his "Catholic" novel, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, was published in 1945. In addition to novels, Waugh also wrote nonfiction, particularly on travel. He was married twice, and was a neglectful father to several children. He spent the end of his life in the village of Combe Florey, in Somerset and died, after going to Mass, on Easter Sunday, 1966. Waugh was an often irascible, curmudgeonly personality, but his brilliantly comic satirical fiction, dissecting the British upper classes, has been not only critically acclaimed but wildly popular; the dramatization of BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by the BBC was watched fanatically by millions.


New York Review of Books
"VILE BODIES is my personal favorite among these [early] novels, for its daring mixture of the comic and the serious, and for the brilliance of its technique." - David Lodge 07/15/1999

New York Times
"The book could be called needlessly nasty, decadent, superficial, and arrogantly, even offensively sophisticated. It is not even brilliantly original....Yet it certainly is funny and that, surely, is enough to say for it." 1930

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