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Brideshead Revisited The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder characters Õ 106 ↠ 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 witY of Charles Ryder's infatuation with the Marchmains and the rapidly disappearing world of privilege they inhabit Enchanted first by Sebastian at Oxford t. 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 storyI 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 Sebastian's angst I admired Julia's sass and I pitied Lady Marchmain's self righteousnessThere is so much brilliant writing in this novel Some of my favorite scenes were that first summer with Charles and Sebastian at Brideshead; the comical dinner conversations with Charles' father who was being deliberately obtuse; the bumblings of Rex Mottram; the lectures from Charles' cousin Jasper; and the lively conversations with Anthony Blanche I listened to this on audio narrated by Jeremy Irons and it was a superfantasticamazing performance If you like audio books I highly recommend seeking out that versionOne of my goals is to read modern classics and the richness of this novel shows it is definitely worth the effortFavorite uotes“I should like to bury something precious in every place where I've been happy and then when I'm old and ugly and miserable I could come back and dig it up and remember” “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” “But I was in search of love in those days and I went full of curiosity and the faint unrecognized apprehension that here at last I should find that low door in the wall which others I knew had found before me which opened on an enclosed and enchanted garden which was somewhere not overlooked by any window in the heart of that grey city” “The trouble with modern education is you never know how ignorant people are With anyone over fifty you can be fairly confident what's been taught and what's been left out But these young people have such an intelligent knowledgeable surface and then the crust suddenly breaks and you look down into depths of confusion you didn't know existed”

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Hen by his doomed Catholic family in particular his remote sister Julia Charles comes finally to recognize only his spiritual and social distance from the. 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 subjectiveRyder an officer “homeless childless middle aged and loveless” is stationed at the magnificent Brideshead estate and looks back on how his life has intertwined with many of its members – first the fey teddy bear clutching Sebastian at Oxford and then later with Sebastian’s sister JuliaThe family is presided over by the understated but uietly manipulative Lady Marchmain – a terrifying portrait – and gradually Charles learns about all the skeletons rattling away in the family’s enormous closets He also comprehends what role the devout grand dame wants him to play in helping save Sebastian from a life of drink and debaucheryI know Waugh is best known as a razor sharp satirist and there are many funny passages and descriptions in this book Ryder’s father for one is a hoot But this is a serious book about big issues faith desire class loyaltyI had watched the excellent Granada miniseries so there were few narrative surprises But Waugh’s prose lived up to its reputation It’s sophisticated without being pedantic; lyrical without being fussyAnd although I knew it was coming the deathbed scene with Lord Marchmain a garrulous old man who’s lived outside the Catholic faith for decades had me on the proverbial edge of my seat I find it fascinating that Waugh converted to Catholicism later in life Recent biographies have hinted that he may have been a latent or not so latent homosexual I wonder if these things were related Many readers get hung up about Charles’s relationship with Sebastian Was it sexual There’s this passage Now that summer term with Sebastian it seemed as though I was being given a brief spell of what I had never known a happy childhood and though its toys were silk shirts and liueurs and cigars and its naughtiness high in the catalogue of grave sins there was something of nursery freshness about us that fell little short of the joy of innocenceI love that impish word “naughtiness” especially when contrasted with the sombre “catalogue of grave sins”Certainly there are gay characters in the book including the fascinating figure of Anthony Blanche a flamboyant Wildean character who warns Charles early on about the Marchmains and he’s pretty accurateI should add that I read the revised version of the text with some additions and apparently many cuts of florid overwritten passages I’m looking forward to reading Waugh Based on this book I could happily naughtily become a convert

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Brideshead Revisited The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles RyderThe 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 stor. 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 course it's been made into a Masterpiece Theater series years ago There are many reviews of this work already so just to illustrate the excellent writing I will just say that I think the romantic episode on an ocean liner during a storm at sea her husband is absent; his wife is laid up with seasickness is the most romantic passage I can think of in literature