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Brideshead Revisited di Evelyn Waugh
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Brideshead Revisited (originale 1945; edizione 1999)

di Evelyn Waugh (Autore)

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Brideshead Revisited tells the story of the Marckmain family, as narrated by friend Charles Ryder. Aristocratic, beautiful, and charming, the Marchmains are indeed a symbol of England and her decline; the novel a mirror of the upper-class of the 1920s and the abdication of responsibility in the 1930s.… (altro)
Titolo:Brideshead Revisited
Autori:Evelyn Waugh (Autore)
Info:Back Bay Books (1999), Edition: Edition Unstated, 351 pages
Collezioni:La tua biblioteca
Etichette:2015, audio-books

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    Gregorio_Roth: Brideshead Revisited is to the 1940's as Rules of Attraction was to the 1980's.
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Merkwaardig om zowel de TV-serie uit 1981 en de film uit 2008 diverse malen gezien te hebben, en nu pas het boek te lezen. Wat onder meer opviel is dat de TV-serie het boek zeer nauwkeurig navolgde, inclusief de dialogen, en daar dan ook tien uur en negenvijftig minuten voor nodig had (tijdsduur ontleend aan IMDb), terwijl de film het verhaal wist samen te vatten tot twee uur en veertien minuten. ( )
  yvlind1 | May 10, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book, but I do wonder that had I “read” it as opposed to listened to it, as I did, if I would have enjoyed it as much. The audio version I listened was narrated by Jeremy Irons and his voice made the first person narrator so very personal. Therefore be advised that this review is about the audio version of this book, as much as it is about the book itself.

I should start by saying that Evelyn Waugh is a MALE author. I was ten minutes into the book when I wondered about it, so I googled it and sure enough, Evelyn’s first name was Arthur. I think I was expecting a female contemporary of Daphne du Maurier but Brideshead isn’t Manderley, and definitely Brideshead Revisited is not [b:Rebecca|17899948|Rebecca|Daphne du Maurier||46663].

For quite a while, the whole first part of the book to be precise, I thought it was about male homosexuality, which it was by a large degree, but not overall. Then, on the second part, I thought it was about finding redemption through love – heterosexual or not. Of course, all along I thought it was also about social class, and the rapid decline of such high class during the period between the two world wars. It is certainly a great social commentary of the period and of the people on the “upstairs” part of the house/society.

I ended it by thinking that I was lead through a religious book and that I never realized it until the final pages/narration. The Wikipedia page where I learned about Arthur Evelyn also mentioned his conversion to Catholicism in his late 20’s.

I am afraid to call this book a religious book, or catholic book, and drive other readers from it. The religiosity in it is not heavy handed, and it is never evangelizing. But I think it is at the heart of this story, a search for the divine which would raise our lives above the ordinary. It is almost incongruent in a book that portraits homosexuality and adultery in such a detached way – it was first published in 1944, let’s not forget it – that I finished it by thinking of sin and forgiveness.

Somewhere I read that this book was about loss, of course now I can’t remember where I read this and I can’t give proper credits. But the reviewer alluded to the loss of a generation on WWI, the loss of love (Sebastian and Julia), the loss of a way of living for those in such a privileged class, even the loss of the Brideshead manor.

It is not a simple book, too many layers and not enough conclusions. Like life itself, I would say.

PS: Here is the review by Lydia Kiesling that I so poorly paraphrased. ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
I must have read the book four or five times. I always think it starts brilliantly then Peter’s out as the religion takes hold. Sebastian’s fall from charm charming to religious alcoholic seems triggered by nothing doesn’t ring true. Nevertheless I love it. ( )
  mumoftheanimals | Feb 27, 2021 |
The recklessness of youth is idyllic in Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. I missed my university years. Its nonbeliever narrator, Charles Ryder, develops a toxic platonic relationship brushing on homosexuality with the rich yet immature Sebastian Flyte. Finding himself deeply fascinated and infatuated with Sebastian and then his family and odd friends, whilst also mesmerised by the promise of high society lifestyle, Charles willingly becomes a fly on their web of sinful affairs and hypocritical dramas. It's a sure ingredient for disaster. In the process he turns himself into one of them, his agnosticism remaining intact, until a series of tragedy hits the Flyte family. What follows is years of estrangement, dysfunctional relationships, uncomfortable religious debates, and the onset of war inevitably shattering this idyllic era of youth and taste of aristocracy.

Everything changes, everyone ages.

Eventually, this romanticisation and disillusioned perspective of easy living becomes a blurry image. And whilst war is senseless and bad it strips everyone off bare. Again, everything changes, ages...Waugh flings all his characters into its wreckage amidst everything being wrecked all along.

"Then again I asked him: 'Supposing the Pope looked up and saw a cloud and said "It's going to rain", would that be bound to happen?' 'Oh, yes, Father.' 'But supposing it didn't?' He thought a moment and said, 'I suppose it would be sort of raining spiritually, only we were too sinful to see it.'"

However frustrating this novel could be, it is a nicely weaved story founded on a religion's horrifying influence in each decision, behaviour, and result. It largely uses Catholic guilt; the same guilt that stifles freedom and freewill. So none of the characters are truly happy unless they surround themselves with nostalgia and sentimental dreaming ** "Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there's no room for the present at all." (p362). This is a very sad novel about unlikable, sad people doing unlikable, sad (and bad) things. It's quite difficult to eradicate out of your system after. And it makes one revisit their own, personal Brideshead for better or for worse.

"If you asked me now who I am, the only answer I could give with any certainty would be my name. For the rest: my loves, my hates, down even to my deepest desires, I can no longer say whether these emotions are my own, or stolen from those I once so desperately wished to be." ( )
  lethalmauve | Jan 25, 2021 |
I seem to be making a habit of reading books that are much-loved by many people and not really liking them very much (the books, not the people). I was quite disappointed with this novel. The writing is, in places, lovely, but there was never a phrase or a paragraph that made me stop and read it again just for the sheer enjoyment of the words. I never connected with any of the characters - I'm not sure how anyone could, really, as theyre all so insipid and up their own backsides and one-dimensional. The plot - is there a plot? It just seems to ramble. Lots of reviews seem to talk of the big ideas that this is supposedly about, but there doesn't seem to be much agreement among those reviews on what those ideas actually are, and I have to say I didn't see much of any of them in the book. I read it on a recommendation from someone who has read it several times and watched the movie/tv series several times; in discussion with that someone afterwards, I was frustrated by the vagueness of his response to "what is it about it that you love?" and "why do you love it?" - and the clearest, most credible basis for his affection for it turned out to be that he had the hots for one of the actors in the tv series, which makes me wonder how much the dramatisations are responsible for the book's fanboys/girls. I've never seen a dramatisation of it; maybe I should, and maybe then I'd get it. ( )
  DebsDd | Jan 18, 2021 |
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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Waugh, EvelynAutoreautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Andel, E. vanTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Belmont, GeorgesTraductionautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Bentley,PeterProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Doleżal-Nowicka, IrenaTł.autore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Fein, FranzÜbersetzerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Folch i Camarasa, RamonTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Gielgud, JohnReaderautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Havers, NigelNarratoreautore 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
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Raphael, FredericIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Rosoman, LeonardIllustratoreautore 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.
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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.
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Brideshead Revisited tells the story of the Marckmain family, as narrated by friend Charles Ryder. Aristocratic, beautiful, and charming, the Marchmains are indeed a symbol of England and her decline; the novel a mirror of the upper-class of the 1920s and the abdication of responsibility in the 1930s.

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