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Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder By Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder 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 Mar

  • Title: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
  • Author: Evelyn Waugh
  • ISBN: 9780316926348
  • Page: 189
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  • Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder By Evelyn Waugh 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 sisThe 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 recognize only his spiritual and social distance from them.
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    1. Evelyn Waugh

      Evelyn Waugh s father Arthur was a noted editor and publisher His only sibling Alec also became a writer of note In fact, his book The Loom of Youth 1917 a novel about his old boarding school Sherborne caused Evelyn to be expelled from there and placed at Lancing College He said of his time there, the whole of English education when I was brought up was to produce prose writers it was all we were taught, really He went on to Hertford College, Oxford, where he read History When asked if he took up any sports there he quipped, I drank for Hertford In 1924 Waugh left Oxford without taking his degree After inglorious stints as a school teacher he was dismissed for trying to seduce a school matron and or inebriation , an apprentice cabinet maker and journalist, he wrote and had published his first novel, Decline and Fall in 1928 In 1928 he married Evelyn Gardiner She proved unfaithful, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1930 Waugh would derive parts of A Handful of Dust from this unhappy time His second marriage to Audrey Herbert lasted the rest of his life and begat seven children It was during this time that he converted to Catholicism During the thirties Waugh produced one gem after another From this decade come Vile Bodies 1930 , Black Mischief 1932 , the incomparable A Handful of Dust 1934 and Scoop 1938 After the Second World War he published what is for many his masterpiece, Brideshead Revisited, in which his Catholicism took center stage The Loved One a scathing satire of the American death industry followed in 1947 After publishing his Sword of Honor Trilogy about his experiences in World War II Men at Arms 1952 , Officers and Gentlemen 1955 , Unconditional Surrender 1961 his career was seen to be on the wane In fact, Basil Seal Rides Again 1963 his last published novel received little critical or commercial attention Evelyn Waugh, considered by many to be the greatest satirical novelist of his day, passed away on 10 April 1966 at the age of 62.See enpedia wiki Evelyn_W

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    1. Please note contains spoilers One s head is rather spinning, there are so many terribly good things and likewise so very much abject wretchedness it s hard to begin Let us try.1 This book is the twisted story of a homosexual affair, which I was truly not expecting it to be It s famously set amongst the upper classes, firstly in Oxford, so you get pages of blissed out descriptions of life amongst British aristocratic students in the 1920s and how many plovers eggs they eat and which claret they g [...]


    2. I just finished rereading Evelyn Waugh s Brideshead Revisited, a book I pick up every couple of years or so This time I read it because of the new movie version movie the one with Emma Thompson as the Lady Marchmain Flyte As a critic, I get to see a pre screening of the new movie on Tuesday I am taking Dr Steve Also, I am a huge fan of the original, very literal British miniseries from 1981 it is the first thing that brought Jeremy Irons to international attention, and it had the excessively han [...]


    3. Brideshead Revisited is almost the opposite of Vile Bodies Bright Young Things in that it starts off as a tragedy, or at least pretty damn close to E M Forster s Maurice territory thus tres tragique and ends in such a jubilant comedic form sorry for this mega old spoiler It seems to me that Waugh is a master of Contrasts, it works all too well the book ends the reader is deeply disappointed that it does I practically ignored most of Seattle as I read a paperback version of this brilliant book.It [...]


    4. I finished this excellent book weeks ago but I have been stuck on how to review it I sometimes have problems writing about the books I really like, and I loved this novel I was familiar with the plot having seen the 2008 movie, but I didn t expect to love the book as much as I did or to get so completely immersed in the story.I even loved the names of the characters Charles Ryder Sebastian Flyte Julia Flyte Lady Marchmain I was caught up in each person I felt Charles yearning, I understood Sebas [...]


    5. 2.5 5When I first started reading this book, I was puzzled, lost even in my effort to find what exactly the author was attempting As time and pages passed, I grew horribly angry with it all, and wondered if I would be able to finish and review the story without a note of fury running through it and wrecking what analysis I could present Now that I ve finished, I find myself saddened by the entire experience With that in mind, let me explain.This story had a great deal of potential in it, oblique [...]


    6. Evocative and nostalgic tale, infused with religion and homo sexuality, and hence passion, betrayal and guilt The later part, about Charles and Celia and then Charles and Julia is subtle, realistic and sad than the light frivolity of Oxford days.Hollinghurst s The Stranger s Child has many echoes of this review here review show.It s five years since I last read this, but a few ideas that have come back to me by discussing it elsewhere SEGREGATIONPeople were strongly segregated by class and gend [...]


    7. Just as Charles Ryder is seduced by the aristocratic Marchmain family in Brideshead Revisited, I was seduced by Evelyn Waugh s gorgeous prose, elegy to lost youth and dreams, and the glamorous between the wars setting The pacing is strange, but it s hinted at in the subtitle The Sacred Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder Memories are sporadic, apt to be uncomprehensive, subjective.Ryder, an officer homeless, childless, middle aged and loveless , is stationed at the magnificent Brideshead e [...]


    8. If you asked me now who I am, the only answer I could give with any certainty would be my name For the rest my loves, my hates, down even to my deepest desires, I can no longer say whether these emotions are my own, or stolen from those I once so desperately wished to be Perhaps all our loves are merely hints and symbols vagabond language scrawled on gate posts and paving stones along the weary road that others have tramped before us perhaps you and I are types and this sadness which sometimes f [...]


    9. Our narrator, a non Catholic officer based on the home front in World War II Britain, revisits a mansion he first visited as a young man and reflects back on his close relationship with a Catholic family A non Catholic himself, he reports to us about their habits and customs almost as if he were an anthropologist visiting a tribe in the tropical rainforest Not only are Catholics a minority in Britain, but the Anglican Church is the official state sponsored religion It s a great book and, of cour [...]


    10. Light one for me, would you It was the first time in my life that anyone had asked this of me, and as I took the cigarette from my lips and put it in hers, I caught a thin bat s squeak of sexuality, inaudible to anyone but me This book hit me, hard I read it for a course in Catholic Literature which was an excuse for my favorite professor to teach a small group of students about his all time favorite books He made up the name so he could teach it as a theology literature course We read Brideshea [...]


    11. An English novel dating from near the end of World War II, Brideshead Revisited is an elaborate and fascinating reminiscence of a time passed A novel told in reverie by eyes looking back.At the core of the novel is the friendship between Oxford classmates Charles the narrator and Sebastian One thing separates Charles and Sebastian Class A ubiquitous theme in the best English novels, portrayed here as well as it is in any counterpart in English fiction One thing unites them Affection Perhaps love [...]


    12. I loathe snobs, says Saul Bellow, and Waugh is one of the worst sortbut snobbery and piousness Saul Bellow can t even And you see his point No one in Brideshead Revisited deserves redemption, and yet here it is, with the bullying certainty unique to converts Evelyn Waugh he s a dude here s a pronunciation tutorial converted to Roman Catholicism at 27, and here we are with one of the great Catholic novels, in no way as subtle or conflicted as the work of fellow convert Graham Greene but just as p [...]


    13. Since I first read it, Evelyn Waugh s masterpiece Brideshead Revisited has unequivocally been my favorite book It s haunting, melancholy, ironically humorous swan song to all that is elegant and beautiful and pure in this world captivated me It echoed in eloquent, lucid, and devastatingly satiric paragraphs my firm conviction that true Beauty and Love and even God Himself exist not far beyond the pale glitter of a heartless, selfish, utterly apathetic and drear world It is an ode to the idealism [...]


    14. It is difficult to encapsulate a book which strives to reach for so much over the course of its pages I m sure I will miss some things, but perhaps that s best with a book like this An epic style classic, I mean There s always something to dig out of it.The writing style is one of the most striking things about the book, let me just put that out there This is due to the hodgepodge nature of the thing The beginning of the book has quite a bit of high Romanticism, of a style appropriate to the 1 [...]


    15. Disclaimer The views expressed hereafter by Mr God s Love concerning Evelyn Waugh s novel are exclusively his own and should not be interpreted as a disguised or fictionalized representation of my own views The following, you must understand, is merely an act of reportage Having not previously read the novel in question, I am ill equipped to make judgments with respect to the reasonableness of Mr God s Love s opinion, although I might point out, relevantly or not, that he has been twice diagnose [...]


    16. Largely regarded as Waugh s best work, Brideshead Revisited is one book I mostly associate with the tv adaptation rather than the book because it has been so long since I read the book that the tv adaptation, with all its visual charm and great acting, obviously left a recent impression Yet, I was not a fan of the story itself when watching the production, and from what I remember I could not connect with some of the major themes of the book on my first read On re reading the book, I discovered [...]


    17. Two totally separate, virtually unrelated books with over the top narration and no arc Brideshead Revisited is divided into two books that take place ten years apart from each other The narrator main character is almost unrecognizable from one to the other, and no real explanation is given Is a simpering fool in the first book, and a cold jerk in the second His main obsession in the first book is almost entirely and perfunctorily absent from the second, and vice versa with his obsession from the [...]


    18. In his letter of 7 January 1945 Evelyn Waugh wrote to Nancy Mitford that regarding Lady Marchmain no I am not on her side but God is, who suffers fools gladly and the book is about God Nancy, in a subsequent letter 17 January 1945 commented that she was immune from the subtle Catholic propaganda supposedly in the novel Well, I guess that I am in Nancy s camp, recognizing the excellence of this G.E.C Great English Classic and in my own way fascinated by the role of God in it, I remain unmoved by [...]


    19. 4 1 2 I still can recall watching the original Brideshead on Masterpiece Theater, along with most of my friends at the time Being enthralled with the actors, performances and story Charles ryder will always be Jeremy Irons for me Now I ve finally read the book behind that performance and am not at all disappointed As I settled in to read, I was immediately struck by the language, the period phrasing and speech, and became a bit doubtful as to whether I was actually going to enjoy this book Howev [...]


    20. BRIDESHEAD REVISITEDThere was once a noble house called BridesheadOf sacred and profane memoriesSeat of the last of the MarchmainsAn ancient pile with a false domeWhere painted classical deities cavortedReflected in gilt mirrors Echoed in carved marblesThe chapel was Art NouveauThe drawing room ChinoiserieAnd the whole thing flanked by colonnades and pavilionsLady Marchmain was a lady of religionPerpetually at her Matins, Lauds and VespersLord Marchmain had long fled the magnificent coopTo live [...]


    21. On the surface it s a book about two friends, the narrator, Charles Ryder, and his wonderful, but bizarre friend, Lord Sebastian Flyte Eventually Charles befriends the entire Flyte family and it s this unusual friendship as well as the other relationships as they evolve over the course of many years which form the basis of the novel But actually it s a story about the difficulty of being a practicing Roman Catholic aristocrat in England in the 1930s Charles, an agnostic, doesn t understand when [...]


    22. My theme is memory, that winged host There s a haunting elegiac beauty to this novel which maybe makes it seem a little better than it really is The writing is gorgeous, especially when Waugh is dealing with the passing of time He s rather like the English Fitzgerald in this book the nostalgia for youth and high emotion, the mourning an era which he beautifully romanticises and painting what follows as grey and turgid The characters are all brilliantly conceived and drawn, uniquely memorable and [...]


    23. Brideshead Revisited is the story of Charles Ryder and his relationship with the aristocratic Flyte family the whimsical yet troubled Sebastian, the glacial and remote Julia and the austere older brother Bridey The novel in many ways reflects Charles s eventual vocation as a utterly mediocre painter of aristocratic buildings and domiciles which will soon be consigned to the vestiges of history, so Charles attempts to capture the fading aristocracy before their inevitable decline However the read [...]


    24. An absorbing and sumptuous eulogy for the end of the golden age of the British aristocracy Beautifully written and with so much to enjoy faith and in particular Catholicism, duty, love, desire, grandeur, decay, memory, and tragedy At its heart there is a beautiful and enchanting story The various characters, right down to the most minor ones, are stunningly and credibly drawn having just finished the book I feel that I have been amongst them and known them I have read most of Evelyn Waugh s nove [...]


    25. Just the place to bury a crock of gold said Sebastian I should like to bury something precious in every place where I ve been happy and then when I was old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig and remember p 20 This is a book about remembrance of lost and betrayed relationships, vanished glory and the reminiscence of a disappearing world Beautiful


    26. Mio tema la memoria, ospite alata Questi ricordi, che sono la mia vita poich nulla possediamo con certezza tranne il passato non mi hanno mai lasciato Come i piccioni di Piazza S Marco erano ovunque, in mezzo ai piedi, da soli, a coppie I romanzi sono come gli abiti che proviamo a indossare ve ne sono alcuni che ci si attagliano all istante ci piace come vestono, come cadono , e troviamo eleganti, originali su di noi, i loro piccoli difetti Non esiste l abito perfetto, n il romanzo perfetto Esis [...]


    27. This is one of the two books I tend to read at least once a year the other one is Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov I ve probably read it at least 25 times and I get something new from it every time He s one of those writers who makes the English language sound decadent and beautiful.It definitely contains the single best passage about food that I ve ever seen the scene with Charles Ryder and Rex Mottram eating pressed duck and caviar blinis in a little restaurant in London The way he writes about the [...]


    28. Wow, this book was dark I ve seen the movies and from those conjured up a story that had this dreamy quality of submerged attraction and envy decorated with elegant old houses But Brideshead Revisited the novel took me to a very dark and disturbing place To me, the pieces that shone were the broken fragments of relationships Charles and his horrible father, and the oppressive mother and Sebastian Waugh deftly shows these strange, decaying bonds in a way that sticks with you, haunts you I ve alwa [...]


    29. Absolutely loved this, and am finding that despite my original half arse preconceptions I have enjoyed a lot of books from this historical time period Is this a sign I am developing discerning taste Am I becoming open minded Doubtful, but I can only live in hope and keep on with the mind expanding forays into the classic side literature This will not stop me reading trashy smut as well but it means I look high brow at least 50% of the time.On the whole Brideshead Revisited is much better than [...]


    30. I know it s terrible to admit this but I didn t dig Brideshead Revisited Well, I did, at first I liked the descriptions of Oxford after WWI, and Sebastian with his teddy bear named Aloysius really, if someone had told me about the bear I would ve read this novel years ago But then the story just meandered and hemmed and hawed through years and years I found the narrator dull, and his relationship to Julia just didn t matter to me I had no interest in the Catholic themes, which the entire novel r [...]


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