Thursday, July 6, 2023

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Welcome to Book Beginnings on Fridays, where participants share the opening sentence (or so) of the books they are reading this week. Please share yours! You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it this week.


It was clearly going to be a bad crossing.
-- from Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh. 

Now that I see this book starts on a ship crossing the ocean, I would have brought it on my first cruise vacation! I just got back yesterday from a Baltic cruise with my mom and sis. None of us have ever been on a cruise before. I brought plenty of books, but this one would have been on-theme.

I read Vile Bodies years ago as an audiobook. Obviously it didn't sink in because I forgot it starts on a ship. I'm rereading it now as part of an Instagram buddy read. I hope to get more out of it by reading it with my eyes this time. 


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From Vile Bodies:
"How pretty Nina Blount is," said Lady Throbbing, busy from the front row with her lorgnette, "but don't you think, a little changed; almost as though . . ."

"You notice everything, darling."


In the years following the First World War a new generation emerged, wistful and vulnerable beneath the glitter. The Bright Young Things of 1920s London, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercised their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade. In these pages a vivid assortment of characters, among them the struggling writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and the glamorous, aristocratic Nina Blount, hunt fast and furiously for ever greater sensations and the hedonistic fulfillment of their desires. Evelyn Waugh's acidly funny satire reveals the darkness and vulnerability beneath the sparkling surface of the high life.

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