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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Brideshead Revisited (1945)

by Evelyn Waugh

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Evocative language that flew over my head, a story I failed to grasp, and a rather high and mighty bunch of characters left me dead to the book. It evokes a sense of nostalgia, no doubt, but I can't say I liked it. ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |

I wanted to like this book. However the characters are unlikable and the story is slow moving. I thought about quitting several times. I wish I had.
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  JBSassypants | May 7, 2017 |
Brideshead Revisited's characters, wit, and religious motifs kept me very engaged, despite my displeasure for the British Bourgeois. Most of all its humor through its characters make it worth the read.

The 4 children's paths are very insightful to the modern religious tradition. They each have their own way of reconciling the religion and tradition "of the builders" to the age of Hopper, Rex, and Blanche. In other words, they are haunted by it. This haunting creates the drama and meaning of their lives. Quite an interesting read.

Ultimately it is a book of resignation, not faith (c.f. Johannes de Silentio). This is not more obvious than in Julia's last words to Charles. Indeed, all the four children show signs of this movement, more than "the double movement." Brideshead glances more into existential and moral ghosts than, I suppose, the Catholic faith. ( )
  cambernard90 | Apr 12, 2017 |
The first Evelyn Waugh book I read. Really liked it, but of course, like most, found that the first half was better than the second half. Who wouldn't love Sebastian? Shame about the alcoholism, of course, but Aloysius was rather redeeming. Have yet to see that famed BBC version, am anticipating the September film version. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
This is the tragedy of the Marchmain family, descendants of English recusant nobility, caught in the modern world. Whether it is the story of the friendship of the youngest Marchmain, Lord Sebastian, with the mysterious Charles Ryder, or the desires of Charles for the oldest daughter, Lady Julia, this story transcends what is acceptable and provides a glimpse into the world of the English Catholic elite. ( )
  cw2016 | Feb 28, 2017 |
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But those who disagree with him on religious or political grounds, or both, will have a time for themselves in trying to prove that his beliefs have marred his literary artistry. "Brideshead Revisited” is Mr. Waugh's finest achievement.
"Lush and evocative ... the one Waugh which best expresses at once the profundity of change and the indomitable endurance of the human spirit."
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Waugh, Evelynprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andel, E. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bentley,PeterCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irons, JeremyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jalvingh, LucTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosoman, LeonardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I am not I; thou art not he or she; they are not they.
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When I reached C Company lines, which were at the top of the hill, I paused and looked back at the camp, just coming into full view below me through the grey mist of early morning.
"I have been here before," I said; I had been there before; first with Sebastian more than twenty years ago on a cloudless day in June, when the ditches were creamy with meadowsweet and the air heavy with all the scents of summer; it was a day of peculiar splendour, and though I had been there so often, in so many moods, it was to that first visit that my heart returned on this, my latest.
 "these men must die to make a world for Hooper ... so that things might be safe for the travelling salesman, with his polygonal pince-nez, his fat, wet handshake, his grinning dentures." 
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Charles Ryder, a student at Hertford College, Oxford, is befriended by Lord Sebastian Flyte, the younger son of an aristocratic family, who introduces Charles to his eccentric and aesthetic friends, including the haughty and homosexual Anthony Blanche, and takes Charles to his family's palatial home, Brideshead.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316926345, Paperback)

One of Waugh's most famous books, Brideshead Revisited 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. Taking place in the years before World War II, Brideshead Revisited shows us a part of upper-class English culture that has been disappearing steadily.

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Captain Charles Ryder, stationed at Brideshead, recalls his boyhood associations with the odd but charming members of an English noble family. The story of Charles Ryder and his involvement with an aristocratic Roman Catholic English family, the Marchmains.… (more)

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