In Brideshead Revisited, Waugh portrays every aspect in which one might pride oneself, and then eclipses it. Are you sophisticated? Meet Anthony Blanche. An aesthete? See Charles Ryder. Charming? Enter Sebastian. Erudite, heart-wrenching, and witty, Brideshead is a novel to which I am constantly returning, as Waugh masterfully captures humankind's intolerable wrestle with our loss of innocence and the hope of someday coming home.
The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece-a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire.Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, "Brideshead Revisited" transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.
About the Author
Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), whom "Time" called "one of the century's great masters of English prose," wrote several widely acclaimed novels as well as volumes of biography, memoir, travel writing, and journalism. Three of his novels, "A Handful of Dust, Scoop, "and" Brideshead Revisited, " were selected by the Modern Library as among the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.