Brideshead Revisited : The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
by Evelyn Waugh
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Brideshead Revisited is Evelyn Waugh’s magnificent novel of duty and desire among the decadent, faded glory of the English aristocracy on the eve of World War IIEvelyn Waugh’s most nostalgic and thought-provoking novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to the golden age before World War IIIt tells the story of Charles Ryder’s craze for the Merchants and the rapid disappearance of the privilege they inhabit.Enchanted first by Sebastian Flyte at Oxford, then by his devoted Catholic family, especially his sister remote control, Julia, Charles has finally recognised his spiritual and social distance between themEvelyn Waugh (1903-66) was born in Hampstead, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of the famous novelist Alec Waugh.In 1928 he published his first work, A Life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, The Decline and the Fall, which was soon followed by a Vile Bodies (1930), A Handle of Dust (1934) and The Shovel (1938).In 1939 it was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, serving in the Middle East and Yugoslavia.In 1942 he published Put More Flags and then, in 1945, Brideshead RevisitedThe Men in Arms (1952) was the first volume of “The Sword of Honour of the Trilogy, and won the James Tait Black Memorial Award; the other volumes, Officers and Men and Unconditional Surrender, followed in 1955 and 1961If you liked Brideshead Revisited, you could, like Vile Corps Waugh, also available in Penguin ClassicsLuxuriant and evocativeExpresses both the depth of change and the invincibility of the endurance of the human spirit’ La Fois
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