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Brideshead revisited : the sacred and profane memories of Captain Charles Ryder : a novel

by Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966.

Format: Print Book 1979
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Moon Township Public Library Fiction F WAUGH
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  F WAUGH
 
 
Sewickley Public Library Fiction F WAU
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  F WAU
 
 
Summary
Evelyn Waugh's most celebrated novel is a memory drama about the intense entanglement of the narrator, Charles Ryder, with a great Anglo-Catholic family. Written during World War II, the novel mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous plea-sures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, "Brideshead Revisited" transcends Waugh's familiar satiric exploration of his cast of lords and ladies, Catholics and eccentrics, artists and misfits, revealing him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity. The edition reprinted here contains Waugh's revisions, made in 1959, and his preface to the revised edition.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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 warÄyears 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. (Dec. 2000) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Upper class -- England -- Fiction.
Catholics -- England -- Fiction.
Families -- England -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston :Little, Brown,1979
Language English
Description 351 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 0316926272 :
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