If we take a look back to ‘The Line-Up‘ post from a whole 7 months ago, this was in fact one of the featured books sitting on my ‘To Read’ shelf at home. Having purchased a lovely copy of Brideshead Revisited upon recommendation, I had been eager to read it for some time when I picked it up a couple of months ago. Not only had I been told that the novel itself was superb, but several people had also spoken highly of the dramatisations. Fortunately, I had not seen the television series nor the film and came to the book with no pre-conceived ideas, judgements and without any idea about the plot and storyline.
‘The Line-Up’ post from back in July.
Having just finished The Great Gatsby (another novel featured in ‘The Line-Up’), a tale of new money and affluence also set in the 1920s, I was ready for the English old money equivalent. I was right in the idea that this novel is completely and utterly English old money. However, the plot goes much deeper than that. The theme of love for example is complicated by marriage and subsequent infidelity, family and religion. Prosperous Jay Gatsby may throw a good party but the indulgent Oxford days of Charles and Sebastian seem to go one step further. Living off of family allowances, the pair indulge in parties and alcohol, plenty of it. Sebastian’s indulgent lifestyle slowly spirals into a state of depression and alcoholism as a form of escapism, one of the darker sides to the extravagant lifestyles and eccentric personalities explored within the novel.
I’ve already purchased another Evelyn Waugh novel so we shall mark this read as a success. Stay tuned.