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Brideshead Revisited

Waugh, Evelyn (Book - 1993)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Brideshead Revisited
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Tells the story of the difficult loves of insular Englishman Charles Ryder, and his peculiarly intense relationship with the wealthy but dysfunctional family that inhabited Brideshead. While at Oxford, Charles Ryder meets boyish, flamboyant Sebastian Flyte, who introduces Charles to a charmed and glamorous way of life that continues until Sebastian's health deteriorates.
Authors: Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966
Title: Brideshead revisited
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1993
Characteristics: xxxvii, 315 p. ;,21 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Evelyn Waugh ; with an introduction by Frank Kermode
Summary: Tells the story of the difficult loves of insular Englishman Charles Ryder, and his peculiarly intense relationship with the wealthy but dysfunctional family that inhabited Brideshead. While at Oxford, Charles Ryder meets boyish, flamboyant Sebastian Flyte, who introduces Charles to a charmed and glamorous way of life that continues until Sebastian's health deteriorates.
ISBN: 9780679423003
0679423001
Branch Call Number: FICTION WAUGH 1993
Subject Headings: England Fiction Catholics Fiction Male friendship Fiction Upper class families Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Catholics
Male friendship
Upper class families
LCCN: 93001854
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Sep 12, 2013
  • lorna2511 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rich language, engaging story and characters - a true feast. I am sorry I waited so long in life to read this book. One of my best reads of all time. Thought-provoking themes of religion, class and sexuality follow all of the characters across their changing lives and fortunes. A must read - particularly if you enjoy the setting of Britain's early 20th Century or are interested in its anthropology.

Mar 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Waugh's novel is rich in textures with truly brilliant turns of phrase suddenly appearing out of nowhere. Given that a substantial portion of the novel takes part in the 1920s, comparisons with [The Great Gatsby] are inevitable. However, the work has a distinct flavour, not only because sections occur during the 1930s and WWII, but because Charles Ryder's development is far more rich than Fitzgerald's narrator. The characters are fascinating from Sebastian and his teddy-bear, Aloysius, to Lady Marchmain and her devout Catholicism to Julia and her sparkling sadness. Ryder's attempts to understand and bond with these last standard-bearers of a society that is disappearing is equally intriguing. A novel that glimmers with the glamours of a bygone era and a reminder that "we possess nothing certainly but the past."

Sep 09, 2012
  • Stagfoot rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Waugh wrote this after becoming a Roman Catholic. hence I think the protagonist's off page conversion near the end. However, though the thread of RC duty (and guilt) is woven though the whole story, one doesn't acquire the impression that the sacred portion of Ryder's memories are bound to the Christian faith but rather to his feelings and impressions of one or two of the aristocratic Flyte family. The sacred and Profane being one and the same. I often doubt that Waugh intended it this way. It's possible there was a difference between what the writer reasoned in his head and believed in his gut, and while his head may have written in certain religious plot points, the story lives and breathes with a different intention. In any case, the world and pleasures of pre-war Oxford has been wonderfully evoked;( as is the bitterness of Ryder's middle-age) If later in the book, Waugh was able to successfully instill a sense of spiritual revelation as well as the earlier worldly remembrances, this would of been one of the greatest books of all time. As it is, it's still very good.

Doomed and Decadent. With a capital D.

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