Monday, September 21, 2009

Brideshead Revisted by Evelyn Waugh

Unfortunately, my first introduction to this story was the most recent major motion picture. Which, after reading the book, I realized was complete crap and I thankfully found a way to block it out while reading.

I liked this book, but I'm not sure what it's about. I think it's one of those books that hit on a lot of different points, but is not about one thing specifically.

We meet Charles who seems to be the sort of person who just glides through life, seeing where the wind takes him. Sebastian was a poor soul doomed from the beginning. Their relationship is endearing from the start, but because of Sebastian's Catholic background and Charles firmly set against believing in anything, it slowly fades, and we see the poor effect it has on Sebastian. Charles' relationship with Sebastian's sister Julia, is clear from the start. She's basically a female version of Sebastian, and I think Charles knew that.

The best word to describe what this book is about is: Decay. The decaying of the upper class English society, the carefree days between the wars. We see all that crumble in the form of the Brideshead manor.

There are a lot of deep points this book focuses on, but I'm not getting deep with my review. I think I'm getting rusty.


Amy said...

Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this for the "Back to School" challenge too.