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Brideshead Revisited: 03/11/10
I started reading Evelyn Waugh quite by accident. I was lured in by the Edward Gorey cover art for The Loved One. From there I went on to A Handful of Dust. Whenever I mention Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited is always recommended. So I figured it was time to read the novel that everyone thinks of first.
The full title is Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder. The plot meanders through Charle Ryder's life from his university days, his friendship with Sebastian, marriage and divorce and how Brideshead has changed him and changed with him.
Evelyn Waugh's books always seem to start in one direction only to go off on one or possibly two tangents. Of the three I've now read, The Loved One was the easiest and straight forward. A Handful of Dust went too far a field for me. Brideshead Revisited is somewhere in the middle. I had a few places where I had to go back and re-read to make sure I was still following along.