Brideshead Revisited : The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

by Evelyn Waugh

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Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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Charles Ryder, a lonely student at Oxford, is captivated by the outrageous and exquisitely beautiful Sebastian Flyte. Invited to Brideshead, Sebastian's magnificent family home, Charles welcomes the attentions of its eccentric, aristocratic inhabitants. But he also discovers a world which threatens to destroy his beloved Sebastian.

Brideshead Revisited : The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder Synopsis

'I knew Sebastian by sight long before I met him. That was unavoidable for, from his first week, he was the most conspicuous man of his year by reason of his beauty, which was arresting, and his eccentricities of behaviour, which seemed to know no bounds'. Charles Ryder, a lonely student at Oxford, is captivated by the outrageous and exquisitely beautiful Sebastian Flyte. Invited to Brideshead, Sebastian's magnificent family home, Charles welcomes the attentions of its eccentric, aristocratic inhabitants. But he also discovers a world where duty and desire, faith and earthly happiness are in conflict; a world which threatens to destroy his beloved Sebastian. A scintillating depiction of the decadent, privileged aristocracy prior to the Second World War, Brideshead Revisited is widely regarded as Evelyn Waugh's finest work.

Brideshead Revisited : The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder Press Reviews

'A wildly entertaining, swooningly funny-sad story' Time

 

'The Oxford novel ... lush and evocative' The Times

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ISBN: 9780241951613
Publication date: 07/04/2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241951613
Publication date: 7th April 2011
Author: Evelyn Waugh
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. He was educated at Lancing and Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he travelled extensively in most parts of Europe, the Near East, Africa and tropical America, and published a number of travel books, including Labels (1930), Remote ...

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