Brideshead Revisited, impressions

I finished Brideshead Revisited.

This is my first Evelyn Waugh,                                         

apparently his stuff is usually,

biting and satirical.

Brideshead, is a sweeping novel,

and deals with multiple themes.

The downfall of British aristocracy,

the influence of faith in our lives,

the nature of sin,

love in all it’s forms,

the powerlessness of man in the face of war.

A book that must be read,

 slowly and with attention,

no throw away trash.

It took the better part of a week to get through,

not because I didn’t like it,

or contemplated giving up,

I didn’t,

it was the complexity of the themes,

and of the characters.

I really don’t think this novel is for everyone,

but I am glad I read it.

I enjoyed the layers and trying to figure it out.

The narrator is Charles Ryder.

At the start of the novel,

Ryder is a captain in the army,

his unit is moved to an estate and,

 he realises that it is,


the estate of his friends the Flytes.

In the second part,

which is flashback,

Charles meets Sebastian Flyte at Oxford.

They become friends,

almost more than friends.

Sebastian is a strange and intriguing man,

 he carries around a teddy bear named Aloysius,

he has a love/hate relationship with his mother,

and with his church,

the Catholic Church,

he drinks way too much.

Charles and Sebastian,

share a special love for each other,

they are not lovers,


there is a strong homoerotic feeling.

In the final part,

Charles becomes involved with Julia,

Sebastian’s sister.

I hesitate to say more,

about the plot,

actually there isn’t much plot,

it’s more about feeling and atmosphere,

ideas and theology,

a representation of a world that no longer exists.

Brideshead, should be a slow read,

a savoured one,

for a sunday afternoon when you have time and,

are in the mood for something,


Worth your time,

if you are interested in British society,

as it was between the wars,

and in the nature and meaning of sin.

I think I will be grappling with it’s meaning for some time.

Maybe a re-read candidate for next year.

Later girls


Library visit

Today is Sunday.

Grey and cloudy.

No hockey last night.

Today, I’m going to the library.

Most of my recent library books,

 were enjoyable and/or informative.

I loved my Somerset Maugham,

Creatures Of Circumstances.

I learned a few things,

from Genderqueer.

Some of this information,

 will take me a while to digest.

I found the personal accounts particularly poignant.

I’m glad I read it.

An important book with valuable insight.

I recommend it highly.

I haven’t finished,

 just barely,


 The Country Of Pointed Firs,

I’m going to renew it,

 and try to finish over the holidays.

The Daphne Du Maurier,

 My Cousin Rachel,

couldn’t get into it,

 too Gothic for my taste.

Off to the library,

will let you know what I get 🙂


I’m Back.

I picked up what I believe to be,

 some good loot.

Last week,

 I read a Robert B. Parker,

 from his Spenser series,

it was a delight,

took me out of both my book and emotional slump.

So I got another,


The front cover boasts:

The secrets of Spenser’s past -revealed at last!

The size was right and I couldn’t resist that line,

so into the book bag it went.

I have heard wonderful thing’s about Penelope Fitzgerald’s,

The Bookshop,

I can never resist bookish books with bookish titles,

again a tiny book.

I also got Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh.

I started reading Brideshead Revisited last night,

and I’m already captivated,


 the little Waugh with the intriguing title,

another natural for the book bag.

They are all small books,

 easy to carry and hopefully,

 easy to get through,

 over the hectic holiday period.


I’m going to read now.

Later girls