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Brideshead revisited

by Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966.

Format: Book on CD 2008
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Hampton Community Library Adult Audio AUDIO CD WAUGH
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Adult Audio
Upper St. Clair Township Library Storage WAUGH Evelyn
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Storage
Call Number  WAUGH Evelyn
The story, set in 1920s England, examines the wealthy Flyte family through the eyes of Sebastian Flyte's less wealthy school friend Charles Ryder, who is eventually tempted into an extra-marital affair with Sebastian's sister Lady Julia. The novel explores the themes of religious confusion and God's grace during the early twentieth century.
As a student at Oxford, Charles Ryder is captivated by the decadent, aristocratic Sebastian Flyte, who invites him to spend time at his family home#151;the magnificent Brideshead. He becomes infatuated with its eccentric inhabitants, especially Sebastian's sister, Julia, but things begin to unravel when Charles notices cracks in the family's carefully tended veneer: its secrets, its oppressive Catholicism, Sebastian's increasing reliance on alcohol. This remarkable examination of dysfunction and devotion remains one of the great novels of the 20th century.
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 families -- England -- Fiction.
Catholics -- Fiction.
Male friendship -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 1918-1945 -- Fiction.
Publisher [London] : Prince Frederick, MD :CSA Word;2008
Distributed by Audio Adventures and Landmark Audiobooks,
Edition Abridged.
Contributors Northam, Jeremy, 1961-
Participants/Performers Read by Jeremy Northam.
Language English
Notes Abridged.
Compact disc.
Description 4 audio discs (approximately 5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781934997055
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