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Subject: Brideshead Revisited
Date Posted: 10/7/2008 10:35 AM ET
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What did you think of this book? I am reading it for a book discussion and I am having trouble getting into it.....

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 1:26 PM ET
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I read it about 6-8 months ago. The writing style took getting used to but after  that I rather liked it. Have not yet seen the movie

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 5:26 PM ET
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I liked it very much, the writing style was old fashioned but did not throw me off too much. It's such a classic.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 9:05 AM ET
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Thank You both so much.... I will continue!

Tracey

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 9:38 AM ET
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I liked its waspish humor, like that short scene where Charles' father hassles Charles' house guest.  But I never really understood why Sebastian drank. Why was he so unhappy? Because of his mother's religion (maybe)? His attraction to Charles (far-fetched)? He likes being numb? This is a central question, important to the drama of the book, but, to my mind, Waugh doesn't make the reasons clear.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 12:44 PM ET
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I really enjoyed this book.  the sublte humor was great and the story overall I found intriguing. I havent seen the movie yet though.

Matt - I always thought that Sebastian was unhappy because he felt like he couldn't have anything outside of his family. He made comments in the beginning that he didn't want to introduce him to the family because they would steal him or take him over for themselves.  I imagined that he felt stiffled by his family. I also figured that the seperation of his parents played a part in it as well.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 2:29 PM ET
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I think Sebasitian's drinking was a result of a conflueance of a number of things, not the least of which was his dysfunctional family.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 2:54 PM ET
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I just finished it last month for Book Club. I didn't find it terribly difficult to get into, and I agree, the subtle humor was good.

 

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 3:46 PM ET
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I always felt bad for Sebastian. With the way Waugh wrote, I felt like I was right there watching him fall apart. Also, the dynamic with Julia and the choices she made were equally interesting. but a few times I wanted to shake her!

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 6:21 PM ET
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but a few times I wanted to shake her!

Hannah, I know what you mean!!

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 11:17 PM ET
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lol :)

Have you seen the movie? I'm waiting for it to come out on DVD. I couldn't convince anyone to go see it with me :(

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 5:56 AM ET
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Haven't seen it yet. I'll go with you :) I think it is still in the Budget Theater here.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:26 AM ET
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For all of you talking about seeing the movie, the best version was done in the early 1980s on Masterpiece Theatre (a BBC production) and to my mind, it is the definitive treatment. I have also read reviews of the film which recommend the same thing, so it is not just me! I believe that version is available on DVD. Check it out!

The book is great, so hang in there!

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 6:25 PM ET
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I think I'm going to try and find the BBC version and then watch the new version as well. I have a compulsion for comparrisons. lol!

Has anyone read any of Waugh's other work? I just started reading The Loved One and it's pretty good. Amusing. It takes place in Hollywood and so far, though I'm only in chapter 2, I think it would make a funny movie.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 6:50 PM ET
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The only other Waugh I've read is Helena, and yes, I liked it a lot.

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 1:19 AM ET
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I have yet to hear any bad opinions on Waugh's work. :) I think I'm going to have to start a mission to read all his novels. He sure wrote a lot though...it's going to take me a while!

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 6:40 PM ET
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Thanks everyone! This has been interesting and whets my appetite for the book!!

Tracey

 

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:15 AM ET
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A scene from the movie version of The Loved One can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oymjPBjYLQ.

They showed it this past weekend on one of the old movie channels on cable, though what it has to do with Thanksgiving Day stumps me. The first half of the book was pretty funny but to my mind the satire pooped out in the second half. It's hard to sustaini satire over the length of a novel. another case is My Uncle Oswald by R. Dahl. The opening chapters are a scream but I don't remember the end.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 3:19 PM ET
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Well, I enjoyed the book... slow at first. The book discussion was awesome!! Very stimulating and fun!!!!!!!

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 12:36 AM ET
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Loved the book..  it was very hard to get into at first I will admit.  And I've seen the BBC version of the movie and thought it was wonderful.  I plan to buy that version on DVD some day, that's how much I enjoyed it!