Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited (2nd Hand Paperback)
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Fiction - Classics
- Published : 1945 (This Ed. 2000 - Penguin Classics)
- ISBN : 9780141182483
- SKU : B000396
- PPC : LL300gm
- RRP : £7.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
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 at Oxford, then by his doomed Catholic family, in particular his remote sister, Julia, Charles comes finally to recognise only his spiritual and social distance from them.
Told in flashbacks from the days of WWII, Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures that wartime austerities denied him. While many critics believe that Waugh’s intention was to present Catholicism positively and reflect his own reasons for converting to it, many interpret the novel in the opposite light, believing that religion actually brings about the ruin of every character in the story.
Brideshead Revisited is ranked 45th on BBC’s “The Big Read” survey and 80th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. It is also included in TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923) as well as Newsweek’s list of the 100 best books of world literature.
"Undoubtedly Brideshead constitutes Evelyn Waugh's greatest achievement in a life of letters. His elegant style helps convey the grace and charm of the English aristocracy prior to the Second World War, and also the indulgent seeds of its doom. Lord Sebastian Flyte and Charles Ryder form indelible characters, whilst the quest for faith guides a wistful tale." - Google Review.