Selected by Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the century and called "Evelyn Waugh's finest achievement" by the New York Times, Brideshead Revisited is a stunning exploration of desire, duty, and memory. The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece — a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity. "A genuine literary masterpiece." —Time "Heartbreakingly beautiful...The twentieth century's finest English novel." —Los Angeles Times
Enjoyable read, but over praised
A very good read with sharp writing and cutting witticism even after all these years. But the Anglo-Catholic bent and the slavish fawning to an even then antiquated classism of the 1920's British realm shows its age. If you're a devotee Downton Abbey, you'll enjoy Waugh's arch perspective.
A Perfect Classic
A book about family and faith. Complex and impenetrable at times, it is ultimately very satisfying and leaves a deep impression. Very English and very sad.