Another fabulous tale crafted by Evelyn Waugh. This novel is engaging, comedic, and tragic--all at the same time. While the prose flows and the vocabulary is not difficult, many adult themes occur within the novel. Waugh examines class, sexuality, and--again--the decline of "true Englishness" in England.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, and in the end, you'll be glad you picked this book up. I highly recommend it.
The peripheral characters in this novel are, to me, very sad. There is a fervent search for grace on the part of Julia's and Sebastian's mother that eventually cripples both of them. Charles is the catalyst for a deeper understanding, which comes and goes in often confusing interactions. I think the novel is reflective of Waugh's own conflict about religion.
Probably his best-remembered work due to the PBS television series, it is also one of his more serious, although it has its moments of jocularity. The story, narrated by the friend of an upper-class dipsomaniac, begins and ends just before D-Day. Put another way it might be subtitled How to be a fall-down drunkard with or without money. On second thought, I dont believe that he actually falls down. It is a novel of the disintegration of a once elite family. For the narrator, Brideshead, like a bad pence, constantly returns, forcing its way onto his beaten path. Nevertheless, it remains as one of his best novels for its development of characters: both principal and supporting.
It has a rather sad quality to it, more so than the PBS Television series. It happens between the wars, not after WWII
Beautifully written story regarding a young man's fascination with a British, aristocratic family from the 1920s whose widely different regards to religion pull them apart.
One of the best "English" books of it's kind. It really shows what England was like between the wars and then after then after WWII.
The book is just wonderful and keeps you wanting to know more and more about this family even after to book is done.
This version is wonderful--unabridged and beautifully read by Jeremy Irons. It is one you will treasure and you will want to re-read the book and rent the DVDs to see the BBC series yet again. This book improves each time you dip into it.
interesting study of faith and the flapper era.
Classic, hilarious novel set in British college. Made into a successful PBS miniseries.
Rich people problems and their incessant whining about them.
It really was quite a book, even though I saw the Masterpiece series first.
Brideshead Revisited is a charming, lyrical novel. The title evokes a strong sense of place, but that is really only a trigger for the story which focuses on an aristocratic English family. Charles Ryder is billeted at the Brideshead estate during WWII, urging him to reminisce about his association with the Marchmain family who owns it. Starting with his friendship with Sebastian at Oxford, Charles' life is linked with this Roman Catholic family from the 1920s until the start of WWII. Charles is an intelligent narrator through this story where Catholicism and the decline of the aristocratic class play prominent roles. Evelyn Waugh's language is elegant, precise, and moves the story along. This was a wonderful read on the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.
The sacred and profane memories of Captain Charles Ryder...classic!
I loved it. A pleasure to read. It's an easy book but also a book of substance. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a large print book.
Companion volume to the PBS television series.