The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece-a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the... show more
The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece-a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.
Publish date: December 11th 2012
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 402
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Modern Classics
This book has been on my “to read” list for several years. Given I knew only the synopsis on Goodreads, I had my own idea of what the book would be already formulated before I read the first page. I suspected a summer tale, three months of glorious fun for two university pals. This presumption wa...
Some books are so well written, so rich in language and expression, that it makes me wonder if writers today possess the same level of facility. That's one of the thoughts I had as I was reading Brideshead Revisited, a bitter, nostalgic, beautiful novel published by Evelyn Waugh in 1945. This story ...
Well, I’m not quite sure what to say about this book. There were parts of it I adored and parts I couldn’t care less about and wouldn’t have missed if they’d been omitted. But, before I get into that allow me to go back a few decades. I was in my late teens when I saw the television series of Brid...
28/12 - I have heard that an artist is never completely happy with their work - a painter looks at his work and wishes he could go back and change a few irritating brush strokes, a musician hears his music/lyrics and thinks if only I could tweak that weird bit in the middle of the song, and an autho...
I had to take a long, long break from this. Looking at the books I read and finished after starting this book - 18 - is a little startling. Every night I would glance at this book, before I let it be buried anyway, and think. No, not tonight. I blame Sebastian. Him and his bear and his flakiness. My...