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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
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May 31, 08

bookshelves: 20th-c-fiction, most-beloved, pretty

There's a reason why this book is so beloved. I've read it about four times, and every time it shakes me up. Waugh is a hilarious writer; he's still sarcastic and witty here, but he keeps it on a leash, and he allows the deeper parts of himself to come out a bit. He said he thought of the book once as a sermon. I only wish most Christian sermons were so well done. The book is forgiving, loving, desperate, seeking, and full of grace. It's incredible. I almost kinda wish they would stop making film adaptations of it, because just paying tribute to the dying aristocracy on screen with lots of pretty shots is really unfair to how lovely the story itself is.
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