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Brideshead Revisited : The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

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Brideshead Revisited is Evelyn Waugh's stunning novel of duty and desire set amongst the decadent, faded glory of the English aristocracy in the run-up to the Second World War.

The most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh's novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to the golden age before the Second World War. It tells the story of Charles Ryder's infatuation with the Marchmains and the rapidly disappearing world of privilege they inhabit. Enchanted first by Sebastian Flyte at Oxford, then by his doomed Catholic family, in particular his remote sister, Julia, Charles comes finally to recognise his spiritual and social distance from them.

Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) was born in Hampstead, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). In 1939 he was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, serving in the Middle East and in Yugoslavia. In 1942 he published Put Out More Flags and then in 1945 Brideshead Revisited. Men at Arms (1952) was the first volume of 'The Sword of Honour' trilogy, and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; the other volumes, Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender, followed in 1955 and 1961.

If you enjoyed Brideshead Revisited, you might like Waugh's Vile Bodies, also available in Penguin Classics.

'Lush and evocative ... Expresses at once the profundity of change and the indomitable endurance of the human spirit'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15mm | 234g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0141182482
  • 9780141182483
  • 8,174

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"Waugh's most deeply felt novel . . . "Brideshead Revisited "tells an absorbing story in imaginative terms . . . Mr. Waugh is very definitely an artist, with something like a genius for precision and clarity not surpassed by any novelist writing in English in his time." -"New York Times"
"A many-faceted book . . . Beautifully [written] by one of the most exhilarating stylists of our time." -"Newsweek"
"First and last an enchanting story . . . "Brideshead Revisited" has a magic that is rare in current literature. It is a world in itself, and the reader lives in it and is loath to leave it when the last page is turned." -"Saturday Review"
"Evelyn Waugh's most successful novel . . . A memorable work of art."
-from the Introduction by Frank Kermode
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About Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903 and educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he also travelled extensively and converted to Catholicism. In 1939 Waugh was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, experiences which informed his Sword of Honour trilogy (1952-61). His most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited (1945), was written while on leave from the army. Waugh died in 1966.
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Brideshead Revisited was a book I was looking forward to reading and it turned out better than I had expected! The plot wasn't fast at all times. Waugh's descriptions are long but exquisite, especially those about the setting of the book: Oxford, London and Venice among other places, during the inter-war period. He also included a ton of lovely metaphors and a speck of Latin which gave this story a timeless touch. Also, all the characters (mostly high class) were very vivid and I was emotionally attached to most of them as I shared with them their pain and happiness alike. I was so invested in the main characters' relationships. Lastly I will mention the themes which were brought out in this book. Apart from those of love, friendship, loss and the ills of society by the use of satire, the theme which really stands out is that of Roman Catholicism and morality, which was accentuated by philosophical endeavours of the protagonist. For my full review, visit my book blog: www.thefictionologist.tumblr.comshow more
by Jasmine Bajada
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