So this is my first time in the quaintly English town of Brideshead- and I really enjoyed it!
This was a wonderful character based book, littered with a shiny cast of eclectic personalities. Best of all of them, without a doubt, was Sebastian. What a glorious specimen of a character! I mean, we’re introduced to him with his teddy bear called Aloysius- how could I not fall in love with him? He is the perfect symbol of doomed innocence and the hints of him being gay only made him more exquisitely tragic (admittedly, I committed the cardinal reading sin of assuming he was gay- even though that’s very much a disputed point- and by all accounts if I was holding myself to my regular standards I’d have to say he’s “probably” gay)
It was a reflective, reminiscent work centred around memory and lapses of time producing huge landslides of change. For the most part, it was just about people, with very little action- but with elements of family drama thrown in to create the perfect storm of tranquillity and tension beneath the surface. That tightly wound Englishness about their relationships with each other captures an aspect of restraint that still permeates English culture and, by identifying this, Waugh successfully brings the reader face to face with the past.
Overall, it was a perfect summer read and I would happily revisit this book in the future!
Rating: 4½/5 bananas
That’s all for now- because this is what it looks like outside right now:
Let me know in the comments- have you read this book? What did you think of it?