I have to admit to Brideshead Revisited being one of my favourite books. I had to read all of Evelyn Waugh when I did an A’ level, back in the 1980’s, and I loved Brideshead and Helena, a novel about Constantine’s mother  I found Waugh himself a crashing bore… and the majority of his novels decadent and unconscionably elitist. However, I had a soft spot for the Flyte family, they were just catholic and guilt-ridden to be interesting. My main problem with the novel is that the narrator, Charles Ryder, does not ring true… He would not be interesting enough to be drawn into the orbit of the Flyte family. I think he is based on Waugh himself and He is just too boring to fit in with the rest of the cast of characters.

But I recommend the book.


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