Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh Reviews
Description:ISBN 0316042994 / Author: Evelyn Waugh / Genre: Classic Literature
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by - written on 07/05/01, updated on 07/05/01 (Very useful, 1451 readings)
Quoniam dicebant: Spiritum immundum habet. The Gospel According to Mark, iii, 30. A little over three decades ago Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) died on the lavatory from the cumulative effects of excessive drinking and drug-taking. If he is at this moment peering exophthalmicly down on the earth from the traditional Roman Catholic heaven he espoused in his lifetime, he would not be pleased by any comparison with the death of a rather more famous American: and yes, such a comparison would be most unjust. Waugh's excesses were in "bromide and chloral and crème de menthe"; he did not eat hamburgers, nor did he wear satin jump-suits, nor was he a ... Read the complete review
by - written on 28/09/09 (Very useful, 323 readings)
"Brideshead Revisited" is one of Evelyn Waugh's most well known novels and it recently occured to me that I had never read it despite having read some of his other work. I expected "Brideshead Revisited" to be similar to Waugh's earlier satirical work such as "Decline and Fall" and "A Handful of Dust". Although there is an element of satire, the major theme of Brideshead is Catholicism. "Brideshead Revisited" was published in 1945 and Waugh himself was a Catholic convert. The book follows an aristocratic and Catholic family, the Marchmains, through the eyes of Charles Ryder, an agnostic friend of the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 19/08/00, updated on 19/08/00 (Very useful, 307 readings)
The story unfolds as Charles Ryder finds himself stationed, with his army unit, in the grounds of stately home - then he realises that he has been there before... Casting his mind back to his days at Oxford, Charles recalls his relationship with Sebastian Flyte, his teddy bear and Sebastian's struggle with life, love and alcohol. And then there is Sebastian's strange and sometimes troubled family: their self-torturing beliefs, and their enveloping attractiveness, which Charles soon finds himself unable to resist. If you have seen the television adaptation of this classic English novel and then decide to read the book you will not be ... Read the complete review
by - written on 06/06/10 (Useful, 12 readings)
Brideshead Revisited is a informative and evocative novel written by the English novelist Evelyn Waugh. The novel follows the fortunes of a middle-class student at Oxford (Charles Ryder), who gets tangled up with an upper-class family, first through his friendship with the son (Sebastian Flyte), then through the intervention of the mother and through a reunion with Sebastian's sister. Although epic in scope, the novel quickly moves through the decades, showing us the decay and fall of the British aristocracy in the early parts of the 20th century. The novel paints a unique picture of a time which is now long-lost and explores the religious and ... Read the complete review
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