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Ritorno a Brideshead (1945)

di Evelyn Waugh

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Written at the end of the World War II, this work mourns the passing of the aristocratic world which Waugh knew in his youth and recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by the austerities of war.
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    Casa Howard di E. M. Forster (readerbabe1984)
  2. 120
    Quel che resta del giorno di Kazuo Ishiguro (Booksloth)
  3. 92
    Espiazione di Ian McEwan (readerbabe1984)
  4. 61
    Fine di una storia di Graham Greene (Whig)
  5. 50
    Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini di Giorgio Bassani (Rebeki)
    Rebeki: Both set prior to the Second World War, with a narrator looking back on time spent with a memorable family in a memorable and evocative setting. Same sense of melancholy and nostalgia.
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    A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement, Spring di Anthony Powell (literarysarah)
  7. 31
    The Line of Beauty di Alan Hollinghurst (djmccord73)
    djmccord73: british families, class divisions, being an outsider, envy
  8. 20
    Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead di Paula Byrne (librarianistbooks, pellethepoet)
  9. 21
    L'età incerta di L. P. Hartley (Utente anonimo)
  10. 21
    The Queer Feet [short story] di G.K. Chesterton (Gregorio_Roth)
    Gregorio_Roth: Evelyn Waugh used this story by G.K. Chesterton as a basis for a number of ideas in his book.
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    L' inimitabile Jeeves: romanzo umoristico inglese di P. G. Wodehouse (themulhern)
    themulhern: This may seem odd, but in the hilarious scene where Charles Ryder is being taunted by his father for having run out of money, the expressions used are almost identical. Almost as if Waugh was drawing on his memories of Wodehouse books read.
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    Il buon soldato di Ford Madox Ford (chrisharpe)
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    Touchstone di Laurie R. King (amanda4242)
    amanda4242: Bennett Grey is kind of a less damaged Sebastian Flyte.
  14. 23
    A caccia d'amore di Nancy Mitford (chrisharpe)
  15. 02
    Le regole dell'attrazione di Bret Easton Ellis (Gregorio_Roth)
    Gregorio_Roth: Brideshead Revisited is to the 1940's as Rules of Attraction was to the 1980's.
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The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder is a novel by the English writer Evelyn Waugh, first published in 1945. It follows, from the 1920s to the early 1940s, the life and romances of Charles Ryder, especially his friendship with the Flytes, a family of wealthy English Catholics who live in a palatial mansion, Brideshead Castle. Ryder has relationships with two of the Flytes: Sebastian and Julia. The novel explores themes including Catholicism and nostalgia for the age of English aristocracy. A well-received television adaptation of the novel was produced in an 11-part miniseries by Granada Television in 1981.
  pfreis86 | Feb 23, 2024 |
Excellent prose, but slow moving, multi-decade story. I just don't like that kind of literature. Reader was great. I listened to the end, but was not much impressed by it. ( )
  hmskip | Nov 14, 2023 |
I had seen enough of the famous television adaptation, and thought it was alright. A story of rich people. But as a written novel? Well... Evelyn Waugh is a pretty extraordinary prose stylist and overall writer. On that level, this is a great novel. So, for me the reading (listening) experience was far richer than any dramatic adaptation could hope to equal. The book covers an enormous amount of ground. It feels very influential to many other writers of the era. Very, very impressive. Personal points off for me, being less obsessed with Catholic guilt than the author is. Either you suffer from it, or you don't. ( )
  arthurfrayn | Oct 22, 2023 |
Interesting read. Not sure what I was expecting but it was good none the less. ( )
  everettroberts | Oct 20, 2023 |

One of those books that have been lying around for ages (and where you have a vague recollection of an unwatched mini-series from 30 years ago.....).

First published in 1945, this book is split into 3 sections - the first being Charles Ryder, in the army, returning to Brideshead to use it as local army headquarters. He first visited Brideshead when he was at Oxford and met up with the younger Flyte son Sebastian. This takes us into a reminiscence of Charles's interaction with the Flyte family. Sebastian comes first, and he and Charles have some form of love affair. There is some debate as to whether it was just a romantic love affair (as some young men are wont to do - think it would be called a "bromance" nowadays) or something more sexual (unlikely to be more explicit considering time it was written). Julia is Sebastian's younger sister, an unavailable female version of Sebastian as well as their rather strongly Catholic mother. Their father lives in Italy with his mistress, unable to get a divorce because his wife wont grant it.

Sebastian only really appears in the first third of the book, and the relationship between Charles and the Flyte family falls apart through Sebastian's excessive drinking. Sebastian disappears onto the continent somewhere and is barely heard of again until the end, and only then by third hand.

The second section of the book details Charles's relationship with Julia, where the two meet again several years later and end up living together for several years - both having married and on track to get divorces as a result. They plan to get married once both divorces come through, but over the subsequent years whilst waiting on the divorces, several large events come about. Julia's brother Brideshead, decides to get married to a hideous widow with 2 children, and now that Julia's mother has died, Julia's father decides to return to Brideshead in order to die.

The last, short section of the book returns Charles to Brideshead as part of the army who have taken residence in the empty home.

There are large swathes of narrative, with page long paragraphs, especially at the beginning, which would have turned me off the book had it gone on for much longer. There is also some conflict between the very Catholic Flyte family and the rather atheist Charles, which brings conflict throughout the book.

  nordie | Oct 14, 2023 |
Evelyn Waugh was a marvellous writer, but one of a sort peculiarly likely to write a bad book at any moment. The worst of his, worse even than The Loved One, must be Brideshead Revisited. But long before the Granada TV serial came along it was his most enduringly popular novel; the current Penguin reprint is the nineteenth in its line. The chief reason for this success is obviously and simply that here we have a whacking, heavily romantic book about nobs...

It is as if Evelyn Waugh came to believe that since about all he looked for in his companions was wealth, rank, Roman Catholicism (where possible) and beauty (where appropriate), those same attributes and no more would be sufficient for the central characters in a long novel, enough or getting on for enough, granted a bit of style thrown in, to establish them as both glamorous and morally significant. That last blurring produced a book I would rather expect a conscientious Catholic to find repulsive, but such matters are none of my concern. Certainly the author treats those characters with an almost cringing respect, implying throughout that they are important and interesting in some way over and above what we are shown of them.
aggiunto da SnootyBaronet | modificaTimes Literary Supplement, Kingsley Amis (Nov 20, 1981)
Brideshead Revisited fulfils the quest for certainty, though the image of a Catholic aristocracy, with its penumbra of a remote besieged chivalry, a secular hierarchy threatened by the dirty world but proudly falling back on a prepared eschatological position, has seemed over-romantic, even sentimental, to non-Catholic readers. It remains a soldier's dream, a consolation of drab days and a deprived palate, disturbingly sensuous, even slavering with gulosity, as though God were somehow made manifest in the haute cuisine. The Puritan that lurks in every English Catholic was responsible for the later redaction of the book, the pruning of the poetry of self-indulgence.
aggiunto da SnootyBaronet | modificaObserver, Anthony Burgess
Snobbery is the charge most often levelled against Brideshead; and, at first glance, it is also the least damaging. Modern critics have by now accused practically every pre-modern novelist of pacifism, or collaboration, in the class war. Such objections are often simply anachronistic, telling us more about present-day liberal anxieties than about anything else. But this line won’t quite work for Brideshead, which squarely identifies egalitarianism as its foe and proceeds to rubbish it accordingly...

‘I have been here before’: the opening refrain is from Rossetti, and much of the novel reads like a golden treasury of neo-classical clichés: phantoms, soft airs, enchanted gardens, winged hosts – the liturgical rhythms, the epic similes, the wooziness. Waugh’s conversion was a temporary one, and never again did he attempt the grand style. Certainly the prose sits oddly with the coldness and contempt at the heart of the novel, and contributes crucially to its central imbalance.
aggiunto da SnootyBaronet | modificaNew York Times, Martin Amis
"Lush and evocative ... the one Waugh which best expresses at once the profundity of change and the indomitable endurance of the human spirit."
aggiunto da GYKM | modificaThe Times
The new novel by Evelyn Waugh—Brideshead Revisited—has been a bitter blow to this critic. I have admired and praised Mr. Waugh, and when I began reading Brideshead Revisited, I was excited at finding that he had broken away from the comic vein for which he is famous and expanded into a new dimension... But this enthusiasm is to be cruelly disappointed. What happens when Evelyn Waugh abandons his comic convention—as fundamental to his previous work as that of any Restoration dramatist—turns out to be more or less disastrous...

For Waugh’s snobbery, hitherto held in check by his satirical point of view, has here emerged shameless and rampant... In the meantime, I predict that Brideshead Revisited will prove to be the most successful, the only extremely successful, book that Evelyn Waugh has written, and that it will soon be up in the best-seller list somewhere between The Black Rose and The Manatee.
aggiunto da SnootyBaronet | modificaThe New Yorker, Edmund Wilson (Jan 5, 1946)

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Waugh, Evelynautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Andel, E. vanTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Belmont, GeorgesTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Bentley, Peterautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Doleżal-Nowicka, IrenaTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Fein, FranzTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Folch i Camarasa, RamonTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Gielgud, JohnNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Havers, NigelNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Irons, JeremyNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Jalvingh, LucTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Kermode, FrankIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Linklater, EricPrefazioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Malthe-Bruun, VibekeTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Odelberg, MargarethaTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Phipps, CarolineTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Rajandi, HennoTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Raphael, FredericIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Rosoman, LeonardIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Teason, WilliamImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Treimann, HansTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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"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.
 "these men must die to make a world for Hooper ... so that things might be safe for the travelling salesman, with his polygonal pince-nez, his fat, wet handshake, his grinning dentures." 
My theme is memory, that winged host that soared about me one grey morning of war-time. These memories, which are my life—for we possess nothing certainly except the past—were always with me. Like the pigeons of St. Mark's, they were everywhere, under my feet, singly, in pairs, in little honey-voiced congregations, nodding, strutting, winking, rolling the tender feathers of their necks, perching sometimes, if I stood still, on my shoulder or pecking a broken biscuit from between my lips; until, suddenly, the noon gun boomed and in a moment, with a flutter and sweep of wings, the pavement was bare and the whole sky above dark with a tumult of fowl. Thus it was that morning.
How ungenerously in later life we disclaim the virtuous moods of our youth, living in retrospect long, summer days of unreflecting dissipation, Dresden figures of pastoral gaiety! Our wisdom, we prefer to think, is all of our own gathering, while, if truth be told, it is, most of it, the last coin of a legacy that dwindles with time.
The trouble with modern education is you never know how ignorant people are. With anyone over fifty you can be fairly confident what's been taught and what's been left out. But these young people have such an intelligent, knowledgeable surface, and then the crust breaks and you look down into depths of confusion you didn't know existed.
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