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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
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Jul 02, 11

bookshelves: 2011, classics, given-away
Read on June 01, 2011

I enjoyed the milieu and language of the book -- 1920s/30s upper-crust England, pip pip! -- but there are two ways to interpret the book and both leave me cold. Either we are meant to sympathize with the main character, whose agnosticism is very logical and modern-feeling but whose callous adultery is the most boring literary cliche in the book, or he is actually a cold unfeeling jerk who loses his chance to come to Jesus and become Catholic like everyone else wants him to, and suffers the consequences. Since I can't stand books about men who married without love and for money ditching their wife and family to have a grand affair, and since I am pretty devotedly a-religious, the ending was going to disappoint either way.

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