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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
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Mar 09, 2012

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Read from March 09 to 11, 2012

Evelyn Waugh's celebration of English Catholicism and nobility written during active service in WWII is strewn with great comedic dialogue. However, outside of the father and son exchanges, the first 100 pages or so is a pill (a sleeping pill) but it gets really good after that beginning with the whorehouse episode. The Father Mowbray and Rex interactions is just one example of the many comedic scenes. The deathbed scene came across as a low point for its kitsch treatment and Waugh's description of what he saw as the banality of agnosticism and belief that we were all on the "unseen hook(s)" of religion and grace didn't quite get through. A great book that deserves one read (and perhaps another), Brideshead never really entered the American literary landscape the way it did in England (this was maybe due to us having our own "Gatsby" (if you will (don't))).

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