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Brideshead Revisited (1945)

by Evelyn Waugh, Jeremy Irons (Narrator)

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Charles Ryder is captivated by Sebastian Flyte. Invited to Brideshead, Sebastian's home, Charles welcomes the attentions of its inhabitants, becoming infatuated with them and the life of privilege they inhabit. But, as duty and desire, faith and happiness come into conflict, Charles comes to recognize his spiritual and social distance from them. Charles Ryder, a lonely student at Oxford, is captivated by the outrageous and decadent Sebastian Flyte. Invited to Brideshead, Sebastian's magnificent family home, Charles welcomes the attentions of its eccentric, artistic inhabitants the Marchmains, becoming infatuated with them and the life of privilege they inhabit - in particular, with Sebastian's remote sister, Julia. But, as duty and desire, faith and happiness come into conflict, and the Marchmains struggle to find their place in a changing world, Charles eventually comes to recognize his spiritual and social distance from them.
  HitherGreen | Jan 22, 2016 |
A favorite book read wonderfully by Jeremy Irons. I love the book and love the reading. Loved the PBS series. So they all come together for me, and I listen to this book from time to time.

From a person perspective I find the meditation on religion always though provoking--the force it can play in the cycle of a human life, in a family, and in history ( )
  idiotgirl | Dec 25, 2015 |
What can I say other than it is even better than the PBS/BBC miniseries!

My only hesitation to give 5* is the fact that I can't quite fathom the relationships -- maybe because I'm not English or maybe because I'm not Catholic. Sebastian's relationships to his family in particular I find hard to really comprehend. Perhaps this is a deliberate result of Charles Ryder's inability to understand them...

Cordelia is my favorite member of the Flyte family though I don't think of her as a friend. ( )
  leslie.98 | Dec 10, 2015 |
Excellent book. Waugh's a real show-off and is a good enough writer to pull it off

I'd heard that Waugh was worried people wouldn't understand it but I picked it up confident that I would. I normally understand things, but here I think I missed something. There are loads of little connections between one part of the novel and another and sometimes a bell would chime dully because I hadn't been paying attention properly during an earlier passage. I think I missed something critical. Still, tremendous fun to read. I think I'll try the 1st edition text when I next read it. ( )
  Lukerik | Nov 26, 2015 |
ambiance story ( )
  QG | Sep 11, 2015 |
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"Lush and evocative ... the one Waugh which best expresses at once the profundity of change and the indomitable endurance of the human spirit."
added by GYKM | editThe Times
 
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.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Waugh, Evelynprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Irons, JeremyNarratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Andel, E. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bentley,PeterCover designersecondary 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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To Laura
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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.
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"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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Do not combine with the movie directed by Julian Jarrold.
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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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Catholicism
makes all my friends unhappy.
Me too. Sign me up!
(PhileasHannay)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:01 -0400)

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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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