Brideshead Revisited

By Evelyn Waugh
Read by Jeremy Irons

11.55 Hours 12/11/2012 unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Waugh’s most deeply felt novel…Brideshead Revisited tells an absorbing story in imaginative terms…Mr. Waugh is very definitely an artist.”  New York Times
“A many-faceted book…Beautifully [written] by one of the most exhilarating stylists of our time.”  Newsweek
“First and last an enchanting story…Brideshead Revisited has a magic that is rare in current literature. It is a world in itself, and the reader lives in it and is loath to leave it when the last page is turned.” Saturday Review
“One of Waugh’s finest accomplishments…A superb book.”  Amazon.com, editorial review
“[Irons’] subtle, complete characterizations highlight Waugh’s ear for the aristocratic mores of the time. Fervent Anglophiles will be thrilled by this excellent rendition of a favorite.” Publishers Weekly (audio review)
“Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons demonstrates impressive skill in his performance of Brideshead Revisited. From the charming yet doomed Lord Sebastian Flyte to the absurd, stuttering Anthony Blanche, Irons manages to capture the many nuances and subtleties of each character.” Library Journal (audio review)

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Author

Author Bio: Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966) was born October 28, 1903 in London, England. After short periods as an art student and schoolmaster, he devoted himself to travel and to the writing of novels. His novels are unusually highly wrought and precisely written. Those written before 1939 may be described as satirical. During World War II his writing took a more serious and ambitious turn. Waugh also wrote travel books. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English