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4.0 von 5 Sternen Waugh Reaches Out To The Rich
Evelyn Waugh's didactic Catholicism intrudes on this otherwise sparkling depiction of the decline of the British aristocracy.

Known more for his bitterly funny satires of British 20th-century life, Waugh here weaves only snippets of humor into a broader emotional palette, building a tale that moves from the sophisticated sarcasm of the university to the...
Am 2. September 1997 veröffentlicht

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3.0 von 5 Sternen One of the few good books about the decay of the upper class
Waugh is a great writer! If you don't get to read this book, read his other works. This book covers talks about a wealthy family and how it slowly fell into obscurity. Charles Ryder reports on friendships with various family members - primarily about schoolmate and his sister. The relationships give great insight on topics such as religion and alcoholism.
Am 16. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Waugh Reaches Out To The Rich, 2. September 1997
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Evelyn Waugh's didactic Catholicism intrudes on this otherwise sparkling depiction of the decline of the British aristocracy.

Known more for his bitterly funny satires of British 20th-century life, Waugh here weaves only snippets of humor into a broader emotional palette, building a tale that moves from the sophisticated sarcasm of the university to the mourning of a trouble clan ultimately cursed by fortune.

Brideshead Revisited reminds us that as a prose stylist, Waugh had few equals. His multi-faceted and strikingly human depictions of the Brideshead inhabitants, his facility with language, his stately compression; few writers can claim to have so often struck upon le mot juste. Yet his central theme of spiritual awakening never stabilizes into a coherent whole; In the end, narrator Ryder's mood is ambivalent (as is the reader's), while the broken Marchmain clan swoons into a somewhat banal parade of rediscovered, yet damaged, Catholicism.

In his letters, critic Edmund Wilson pointed to Brideshea
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Troubled Genius, 26. April 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brideshead Revisited (Taschenbuch)
Evelyn Waugh's BRIDESHEAD REVISITED is a troubling and flawed work of genius. Written during World War II and framed by the conversion of the Brideshead estate into an army camp during the war, the novel depicts the youth and early adulthood of one Charles Ryder. The 40-year-old army captain that the war makes of Ryder recalls the days of his optimistic youth as a close friend of teddy-bear toting Sebastian Flyte, younger son of the Brideshead household and classmate of his at Oxford. Sebastian awakens much in Charles, and it is arguable whether he doesn't awaken more than does his sister Julia, who later becomes Ryder's fiancee.
For the 220 or so pages that constitute Part One this book comes off as a splendid (though not aggressively hostile) satire of upper class British society in the 1920s. Especially of the particular damage that the "long-suffering" Catholic mother can do to her loved ones (I kept thinking, "O, the martyrdom!" every time Lady Marchmain used one of her patented guilt trips to twist the psychological and spiritual arms of her children--Sebastian most often.) BRIDESHEAD REVISITED is also a powerful "lost illusions" type of novel, but the particular illusions lost don't seem any more attractive than the reality that replaces them. "Henceforth I live in a world of three dimensions--with the aid of my five senses," says Charles, but that seems limiting, doesn't it? It does to Waugh but his answer isn't necessarily any more appealing. Part One is hilarious and promises much. Part Two, sorry to say, does not deliver on that promise. The satire stops and the soap opera begins. Sebastian disappears and Ryder becomes a much less sympathetic character--why he would fall in love with Julia in the first place is hard to fathom.
A great problem with this novel is that it seems to place the Catholic religion in an unflattering light to the extent that the reader would think that Waugh himself was anti-Catholic. Think again. He was a convert well before he wrote this book and despite the fact that he DOES present Catholicism as being the last thing anyone would want to fall into, people fall. The fact that they fall into rather than embrace Catholicism sucks away whatever joy might have been left in the novel--I was reminded of the line from Kevin Smith's movie DOGMA, paraphrased here: "Catholics don't celebrate their faith, they mourn it."
So, in celebration I must say that to call Waugh a fine writer is to sell him far too short. He is a masterful stylist and a brilliant wit who can lift you up and get under your skin. Let him.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The original version, 7. November 2008
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brideshead Revisited (Taschenbuch)
Like all American editions, this particular edition by Hachette Book Group uses the original 1945 version of the book. Waugh reissued it in 1959 "with many small additions and some substantial cuts", so that all later UK editions, including Penguin and Everyman's Library, used the new revised version. Only the American publisher continued to use the old one. There is a disagreement between Waugh's readers about whether the altered text was an improvement. Frank Kermode in his preface to the Everyman's edition argues that "the final version of the novel is preferable". So if you're a fan of the book you might be interested in reading both and making your own judgment.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful Language and an Intriguing Story, 10. Mai 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brideshead Revisited (Taschenbuch)
Although Brideshead Revisted starts out a little dry, this novel's beautiful language and syntax will definitely keep the book in your hands. The story is about a young man, Charles Ryder, and his relationships with the Flyte family. Sebastian Flyte, the younger brother, is Charles' best friend throughout his college days. Sebastian has a whole family full of characters that challenge Charles to re-evaluate his opinions on everything from religion to relationships. I don't think my words can do justice, though, to the words of Evelyn Waugh, his writing is masterful, and I believe you will thoroughly enjoy reading this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The epitome of British Literature, 17. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brideshead Revisited (Taschenbuch)
Just as *The Great Gatsby* captured the grand excess of the American Jazz Age, so too does Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece *Bridehead Revisited* capture the age of pre-war decadence. The clash between have and have not, so called class and commonness and Catholocism and athieism is brilliantly laid agains a backdrop of education and sexuality. A true coming of age novel, *Bridehead* captures a portrait of a young Charles Ryder as an artist. Content to live his destiny of middle class anguish, Charles meets the challange of his lifetime in Sebastian Flyte. Sebastian, an over grwon child, introduces Charles to a teddy bear named Aloysius, as well as his own upper crust band of misfits family who change the way Charles thinks about life, love, religion and money forever. From Oxford to the war, Waugh gives the reader a hint of a Britain loyal to the monarchy, yet more loyal to themselves. Read *Brideshead* with an open mind of the beauty you are receiving as a reader: the sybolism of the flower throughout, grand side characters like Anthony Blanche, and the little red light near the end that ties up Charles Ryder's visit to Brideshead in the same manner the green light across the lake summed up Gatsby's.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Waugh Reaches Out To The Rich, 2. September 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brideshead Revisited (Taschenbuch)
Evelyn Waugh's didactic Catholicism intrudes on this otherwise sparkling depiction of the decline of the British aristocracy.

Known more for his bitterly funny satires of British 20th-century life, Waugh here weaves only snippets of humor into a broader emotional palette, building a tale that moves from the sophisticated sarcasm of the university to the mourning of a trouble clan ultimately cursed by fortune.

Brideshead Revisited reminds us that as a prose stylist, Waugh had few equals. His multi-faceted and strikingly human depictions of the Brideshead inhabitants, his facility with language, his stately compression; few writers can claim to have so often struck upon le mot juste. Yet his central theme of spiritual awakening never stabilizes into a coherent whole; In the end, narrator Ryder's mood is ambivalent (as is the reader's), while the broken Marchmain clan swoons into a somewhat banal parade of rediscovered, yet damaged, Catholicism.

In his letters, critic Edmund Wilson pointed to Brideshea
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Doom comes slowly but surely...., 9. Oktober 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brideshead Revisited (Taschenbuch)
This book deals with many themes, friendship, love, duty, religion, and art. Charting the declining fortunes of the Catholic Flyte family, we are introduced one by one to the dysfunctional but totally charming members of the family, from Sebastian who turns from a beautiful but lightheaded student to a hopeless dipsomaniac; his father, mother, sisters and brother who are all affected by their Catholicism in different ways. We see Julia emerge from a social butterfly to a depressed beauty; Cordelia from a quaint child to a devoted nurse... all through the eyes of Charles Ryder, who himself undergoes a series of transitions from idealistic twenty-year-old to disillusioned artist. it is a poetic book about 'forerunners', how he first loves Sebastian then Julia, then learns to appreciate Cordelia for her strengths, and finally is able to love the House ---Brideshead Castle. A moving and almost epic book. Reviewed by FMJ Shaw
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Poetic, profound, moving, 23. August 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brideshead Revisited (Taschenbuch)
Brideshead Revisited is a deeply moving book with sections that are better classified as poetry than prose -- from the opening sequence of Charles Ryder looking back at Brideshead and his past, comparing his falling out of love with the army to a man who has fallen out of love with his wife; to the scene where Charles and Julia crash against the wall aboard the windswept ship, her body pressed against his as he gazes out at the starry sky through her long hair against his face.
But even more than the poetry of this book and the beautiful descriptions of Oxford and the time in which it is set (interwar Britain), it is the slowly unfolding tragedy of the book that makes it so appealing and moving. That, and the gradual but inexorable process of Charles' journey into maturity and the recognition that there is more to life than he had first realised. Definitely one of my favourite books of all time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A moving tale about the destructive force of charm, 21. September 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brideshead Revisited (Taschenbuch)
Brideshead Revisited is a beautiful tale about the destruction charm can cause. How the beauty and charm of upperclass life can destroy relationships.
Evelyn Waugh paints his characters very clearly. Charles Ryder is the upper-middleclass intelligent Oxford student who sees that there is more to Oxford life than mere study. He sees the upperclass and wants to be part of it. Of the parties, of the social circle, of the splendour of their world.
Sebastian is a lonesome soul. Using his religion as a toy, a frobbel. He yurns for love, but struggles with homosexuality. Therefore he has no romantic relationship with either a man or a woman until Charles arrives. Charles is not homosexual, but he fills the hole in Sebastian's soul.
It is one of the best books in English I've ever read. It is superb.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Orphans of the storm, 29. Februar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brideshead Revisited (Taschenbuch)
The most melancholic and beautiful book I've ever read. It sumerges you in a lost world and makes you miss an innocent age, a younger world where persons where so close while the storm was outside. With a depth sense of humor, Waugh tells the details of a perfect world that the characters lose and you spent the rest of the book missing it while you can feel you're growing, with the subsequent sense of desilution and apathy, at the same time the characters do. And the end you can feel that the good times are not coming back, but they were good, aren't they?. If at least there was a Sebastian in our life, we can remember him.
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