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A departure from Evelyn Waugh's normally comic theater, Brideshead Revisited concerns the tale of Charles Ryder, a captain in the British Army in post-World War I England. Unlike Waugh's previous narrators, Ryder is an intelligent man, looking back on much of his life from his current post in Oxford. He strikes a special friendship with Lord Sebastian Flyte as the setting moves to the Brideshead estate and a baroque castle that recalls England's prior standing in the world. Ryder falls for Flyte's sister while families, politics and religions collide. What makes the book extraordinary is Waugh's sharp, vivid style and his use of dialect and minor characters. This is one of Waugh's finest accomplishments and a superb book. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In this classic tale of British life between the World Wars, Waugh parts company with the satire of his earlier works to examine affairs of the heart. Charles Ryder finds himself stationed at Brideshead, the family seat of Lord and Lady Marchmain. Exhausted by the war, he takes refuge in recalling his time spent with the heirs to the estate before the war--years spent enthralled by the beautiful but dissolute Sebastian and later in a more conventional relationship with Sebastian's sister Julia. Ryder portrays a family divided by an uncertain investment in Roman Catholicism and by their confusion over where the elite fit in the modern world. Although Waugh was considered by many to be more successful as a comic than as a wistful commentator on human relationships and faith, this novel was made famous by a 1981 BBC TV dramatization. Irons's portrayal of Ryder catapulted Irons to stardom, and in this superb reading his subtle, complete characterizations highlight Waugh's ear for the aristocratic mores of the time. Fervent Anglophiles will be thrilled by this excellent rendition of a favorite; Irons's reading saves this dinosaur from being suffocated by its own weight.
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This finely written novel evokes the end of an era and is stylistically impeccable. Nonetheless I find it hard to understand what exactly people find so essential about this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rodge
This a wonderful classic. As a Catholic, I could see the divides more clearly. As a period piece; sensational.
I had read this book many times and seen the videos. Read more
Wonderful use of the English language. Poetic. Interesting narrative. Beautifully written prose. Our reading group really enjoyed reading this book.Published 14 months ago by Pamela Addinall
My husband wanted this book because it touches on so many aspects of what losing faith can do to a person. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Krystina Simpson
If Charles Ryder is a rather wealthy version of Everyman, he is at least a good representative of modern man. Read morePublished on June 17 2013 by lexie2
A classic on memory and remembering. It pays to be read and reread. The descriptions of the aristocratic house are especially enthralling.Published on Jan. 21 2012 by Hektor Konomi
Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead, revisited" is a masterpiece of twentieth century literature. Spanning a period of twenty years, Waugh paints a most extraordinary picture of idyllic... Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Jon Hunt
I could go on and on about how fantastic this novel is but that has been done already. This novel probably won't appeal to everyone, but certainly worth checking out. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Allan