Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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A paean to the fading glamour and privilege of the interwar aristocracy, Charles Ryder’s infatuation with the Flyte family and their opulent stately pile stands as the ultimate country house novel. 

"I have been here before," I said; I had been there before; first with Sebastian more than twenty years ago on a cloudless day in June, when the ditches were creamy with meadowsweet and the air heavy with all the scents of summer; it was a day of peculiar splendour, and though I had been there so often, in so many moods, it was to that first visit that my heart returned on this, my latest.

Brideshead Revisited is Evelyn Waugh's stunning novel of duty and desire set amongst the decadent, faded glory of the English aristocracy in the run-up to the Second World War. 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 Flyte at Oxford, then by his doomed Catholic family, in particular his remote sister, Julia, Charles comes finally to recognise his spiritual and social distance from them.

Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) was born in Hampstead, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). In 1939 he was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, serving in the Middle East and in Yugoslavia. In 1942 he published Put Out More Flags and then in 1945 Brideshead Revisited. Men at Arms (1952) was the first volume of 'The Sword of Honour' trilogy, and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; the other volumes, Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender, followed in 1955 and 1961.

'Lush and evocative ...Expresses at once the profundity of change and the indomitable endurance of the human spirit'  The Times

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141182483
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Waugh's most deeply felt novel... Brideshead Revisited tells an absorbing story in imaginative terms... Mr. Waugh is very definitely an artist, with something like a genius for precision and clarity not surpassed by any novelist writing in English in his time.' - The New York Times

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“A Teddy Called Aloysius”

'.............it was midwinter in Sebastian's heart': Brideshead Revisited is worth reading purely for such beautiful turns of phrase as this. If you've seen the classic television adaptation, now... More

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“A Teddy Called Aloysius”

'.............it was midwinter in Sebastian's heart': Brideshead Revisited is worth reading purely for such beautiful turns of phrase as this. If you've seen the classic television adaptation, now... More

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“Gloriously decadent.”

The first section of the book - I was absolutely enthralled and transported to this wonderfully realised version of an eccentric Twenties world. I just loved the vision of Sebastian and his mad little teddy bear, but... More

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