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Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh
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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Pam.Kokomo
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Third read. ❤️

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KarenUK
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And done! #Booked2019 finished, and I‘m pretty sure I saved the best until last!

Often called ‘THE Oxford novel‘ and set between the wars, both a setting and time period I adore reading about.... I was completely swept away by this gorgeously written novel. A dash of humor, and a whole lot of melancholy and nostalgia and longing for lost loves, I can‘t believe it took me until now to read this beauty. Loved it! 💕

Freespirit Another one I need to read..thanks for the reminder 2w
Crazeedi I've hear so much about this book but never read, was it made into a movie? 2w
4thhouseontheleft What a gorgeous group of books! 2w
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KarenUK @crazeedi I‘ve not seen either, but there are 2 adaptations on Amazon prime right now.... a famous and well-respected mini series from the 80‘s (I think?) with Jeremy Irons, and a recent tv movie version, with Matthew Goode and Emma Thompson. Now I‘ve finished the book, I‘m planning on watching them! #alwaysbookfirst 😊 2w
Crazeedi @KarenUK I thought I'd heard about series, the one from the 80s 2w
Blaire I love this book! Went through a big Waugh phase right after high school. 2w
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KarenUK
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#Weeklyforecast
What a lovely idea💕
Currently listening to Daisy Jones. Read it when it first came out in print, and loved it. Hosting a bookclub this week so doing a re-listen to the full cast audio this time. Fun!
Just starting the tagged classic. It‘s my last pick for #Booked2019 (a public domain book). I think it‘s going to be totally my jam. I love anything set at Oxford, and England between the wars, is my favorite period to read about. 🤞

Cinfhen Thanks for joining me!!!! I also have an audio and print going!!! And congrats on almost completing #Booked2019 #YoureSoClose 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
jillrhudy I love books set between the wars in England. 4w
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LibrarianChels
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Just arrived home after three days at the Liber Féria in Madrid! Exhausted from Spanish language book shopping for the library‘s collection. I forgot to bring a book to enjoy on the trip, and found this in a used book shop for €2.90. It was slim pickins for English language entertainment. Not too bad so far.

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Laura317
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Mehso-so

This Audible book was read by Jeremy Irons. He was fantastic, but I have no idea what the plot was in this book. Maybe I‘m not a classics kinda gal, but this one was barely so-so for me.

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MrBook
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Replenishment today for the #BannedBooks Display 😊!

Have you read any of these?!

#LitsyLovesLibraries #MrBooksDisplays

IamIamIam Friday Night Lights? Really??? 2mo
Ruthiella And Brideshead? 🤔 I will google why! 2mo
kspenmoll Read 4. 2mo
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Leftcoastzen The top 4. 2mo
Eggs Read the top 3 2mo
Lcsmcat 4 - the top three and Frankenstein. 2mo
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Laura317
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Started listening to this. I‘ve never read Waugh. I am trying to read more.

Ericalambbrown I thought this was an interesting book. I hope you enjoy it. 2mo
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hes7
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Mehso-so

I don‘t think I was in the mood for this book, but at least it‘s not on #MountTBR anymore.

Book 9 of #24b4Monday + #SummersEndReadathon ✔️
Time: 38h39m

#bfcr3 #smallsteppers

IamIamIam Good for you! I've tried to get this going 3 times to no avail, so I totally get it! Moving right along... lol 3mo
Andrew65 Nigh on 40 hours 👏👏👏👏👏 3mo
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KarenUK
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Just three more prompts to go to complete all of #Booked2019 so I‘ve decided on these....

22# PoC MC Paranormal-Children of Bone (not my usual jam but I‘m hoping I like it..🤷‍♀️)

23# Public Domain - Brideshead Revisited (it‘s public domain in Canada so I‘m going with it! 😉)

24# Political Intrigue - The Testaments (Can‘t wait to get my hands on this one!)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Three more!! That‘s terrific. I‘m anxious for The Testaments also. 3mo
Cinfhen Excellent choices!! Excited to read your reviews 🥰#ChallengeSlayer ⚔️ 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Really lovely, I understand why this has been loved by so many for so long. It feels quite current though it is set between the 2 world wars. I listened on audio and Jeremy Irons is (not surprisingly) amazing! I can‘t wait to watch the miniseries version where he was part of the cast.

erzascarletbookgasm I loved this 🙂 6mo
sprainedbrain This is a great audiobook! ❤️ 6mo
CarolynM The Jeremy Irons/Anthony Andrews version is so good😍 6mo
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Julsmarshall
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Week 3 #BOOKFITNESSCHALLENGE check in. Didn‘t get a walk in everyday last week but with my daughters‘ graduation, it was an unusual week. I will try to get one in 6 out of 7 days this week, I have book club on Wednesday and will likely miss. I‘m eating better, cutting down on sugar and eating smaller portions. I‘ll keep plugging away! My favorite fitness tools are audible and my pup. Both keep me walking farther & more often. #bfc @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 6mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 6mo
TheSpineView A good showing even though life gets in the way sometimes! 6mo
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Julsmarshall
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New audiobook for #bfc ! I‘ve always meant to read this and with Jeremy Irons narrating, now was the time! #audiowalk

raeintheworld Ooooo, Jeremy Irons? I might have to listen to that. 6mo
BookwormAHN I hope it's good. I love Jeremy Irons' voice 👏🏻 6mo
Owlizabeth I listened to this a few years ago and loooved it. I might have to...revisit 🤣 6mo
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Caterina Oh I might have to listen to this too! I hope you enjoy it! 6mo
BethM This was just a Jeopardy question! Keep on keepin on! 6mo
Julsmarshall @raeintheworld @BookwormAHN @Owlizabeth @Caterina It is part of a buy 2 for the price of one sale on audible right now. You may want to to check it out! And @BethM I will 😄 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Sebastian is a student at Oxford and a young lord from an aristocratic family. Being #youngandbeautiful and rich, he lives comfortably, dines richly and drinks obsessively, but behind his eccentricities, he is just desperately trying to escape his problems. “I should like to bury something precious, in every place I've been happy. And then when I was old, and ugly and miserable, I could come back, and dig it up, and remember.” Poor Sebastian.

TrishB Great pick 👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts Nice one Jessie 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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Andrew65 Great choice. 7mo
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
merelybookish LOVED that miniseries! (The book is okay too. 😉) 7mo
Ms.Story LOVE that quote! I'll have to read this 7mo
rohit-sawant Looking forward to this! 7mo
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hlgreenfield
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So I finished the book in a rush. A very nice read. It's beautifully written and a great work on memory, relationships and religion. As a whole it's a fantastic read and I'd recommend it to anyone, but as always with books that are more religious it is more difficult for me to relate to the decisions made - I never really know how to feel about more religious works, I can't deny it's a great story, but I guess I don't agree with where it ends up.

hlgreenfield I love all the characters. Wish we got to see more of Sebastian and I love Julia and Cordelia ( and of course Charles, the narrator, who I suppose I ended up relating to the most), but I would have wished for a different conclusion for them. 8mo
hlgreenfield It's also a great time piece set between the two wars. A nice postcard of different and changing times! Definitely worth the read! Just have different beliefs than the writer 8mo
readordierachel Nice review, and I really like that cover 👍🏽 8mo
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hlgreenfield
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At the dentist which is not exactly fun, but while I wait I am making my way through this fun read and enjoying it so far! Only at the beginning, but it is keeping me interested!

Izai.Amorim Nice cover. 1970s? 8mo
hlgreenfield @Izai.Amorim according to the cover it's from the early 80s. Found it in a used bookstore and had to get it 8mo
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emilyhaldi
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Just a few more souvenirs from England in addition to my Persephone haul 😍

Cathythoughts I love the tagged book ♥️❤️💔 8mo
Reviewsbylola You were pretty restrained, well done. 8mo
Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 8mo
LeahBergen That little rug book IS cute! And I want that edition of Brideshead. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
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Asktheletters
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One of my goals this year is to try and reduce the number of unread books I own, because it‘s reaching epidemic proportions. This one has been hanging around for far too long, so the time has come to pick it up.

CarolynM I reread this one last year with some Litsy buddy readers. There's a lot to like about it and quite a bit to think about. You might be interested in some of the discussion under the tag #BridesheadNostalgia 10mo
Asktheletters Ooooh, thanks! I‘ll definitely check that out. 10mo
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MaureenMc
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Beautifully written, thought-provoking examination of the main character‘s relationships with an aristocratic family. Tackles themes of family, faith, loyalty, identity, and vocation. It took me a little while to get into it, but after a couple of longish reading sessions, I was hooked.

Cathythoughts Only read for a buddy read later last year .... it was a reread for me ♥️♥️♥️...... 10mo
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Branwen
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Just finished this today. A book about history, memory, and perception. I really loved it. It took me a long time to read, because the lush and lyrical prose forces you to take your time and slow down while enjoying it. The copy I read was a library book, and I liked it so much I may buy a copy for myself! 💕📚💕

MaureenMc I just finished this one a couple of days ago. Completely agree! (edited) 11mo
Branwen @MaureenMc That's awesome! 😀 Who did you like best? I really liked Sebastian! I was a bit sad he didn't turn up again 11mo
MaureenMc @Branwen I adored Cordelia. 😊And, yes, why did Sebastian have to drop off the face of the earth?! 11mo
Branwen @MaureenMc Cordelia was great! And I know, right?! I missed him! 😥 11mo
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Branwen
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Last week this path was filled with snow and today it is almost 50°! I brought along the tagged book and went for a really nice, long reading walk! Such a gorgeous day to be outside reading! 😄💕📚🌲🌳

Mitch I love reading & walking! Although in the city it‘s a little precarious ! Enjoy! 11mo
Branwen @Mitch Thank you! 😀💕 I stumble often but its totally worth it! I would be dead if I tried to do it in a city! 😉 11mo
Tamra Crazy weather! I could have nearly sat out on the deck and grilled! I‘m not a fan of no winter in MN January honestly. Give me this is March! 11mo
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Branwen @Tamra I totally agree! It feels weird to be eagerly anticipating snow in january and then getying super mild days instead! 😁 11mo
Kaye You sure appreciate sunshine and warmer temps this time of year ! 11mo
Branwen @kaye Yes! So true! 😀 11mo
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Branwen
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Truth💕

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Branwen
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Apparently I'm not the only one around here who loves books! 😁😸💕📚 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten

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Branwen
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Started this one tonight and I am already falling in love with it! The writing is just so beautiful! 😍📚💕

JLaurenceCohen A really moving book 11mo
Branwen @JLaurenceCohen Yes! I think so too! I'm really loving it so far! 11mo
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saresmoore
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It took me much longer than I expected to read this. It‘s strangely dense, but I found it to be unexpectedly honest. Waugh‘s writing is lush and practiced and his characters are fascinating. I slogged through quite a bit of the story, but really ended up enjoying it for its excellent sense of place (between two wars) and unapologetic self-awareness. There‘s a lot of food for thought, even if I didn‘t love the conclusions—a true classic, I suppose.

saresmoore #BridesheadNostalgia Thank you, friends for a great buddy read! ♥️ I was very late to the discussion threads, but really enjoyed all your brilliant insights, nonetheless. I‘m glad to have read this! 12mo
Kalalalatja I‘m so glad you ended up liking it! Maybe there‘s hope for me another time 🤞 12mo
TrishB I didn‘t like at first and then the writing drew me in and I decided to read ‘of its time‘ rather than from my time and expectations. I enjoyed it more then and really appreciated it by the end. 12mo
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saresmoore @Kalalalatja Meh. Life is short, so many books! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m glad it‘s a pick for you too. Waugh‘s writing is beautiful. 12mo
Moray_Reads As a slice of a particular time and a particular sort of life, it's hard to beat. I'm always impressed that he makes me sympathise with characters who have outlooks I detest 12mo
saresmoore @TrishB @Moray_Reads Yes, I totally agree. Some work is timeless, but this is better taken as a marker of a specific context, like a commemorative ebenezer (or whatever the Catholic equivalent of that would be). Waugh really did enliven that context and elicited empathy for even a set of privileged, bigoted, and obnoxiously religious characters. 12mo
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm It really is! I actually took notes because at times it was truly masterful: his effortless transitions from one timeframe to the next, the setting descriptions, and even the dialogue. 12mo
Leftcoastzen Though I dislike the prejudices within, I am very much a reader that tries to read it placed in its time.Knowing times were different, or are they? Witness open racism unleashed by the election of the orange baby man. 12mo
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen 😂😭 Too true! There is certainly something to be said for Waugh‘s honesty—he didn‘t shy away from any of the bad stuff. Many of those in leadership (especially the 🍊👱‍♂️👶) seem to be taking more of a 1984, sweep it under the rug, call it something else type approach to all forms of prejudice. 12mo
CarolynM @TrishB @saresmoore @Leftcoastzen On the prejudice point, I think in these characters it stems from their utter self satisfaction. They are so pleased with what they are they look down on those who are something else. That's why I can find it amusing. The prejudice of the masses is rooted in fear and deep dissatisfaction and that seems to me a lot more dangerous, especially when exploited by the privileged as it was in the 30's and seems to be now. 12mo
saresmoore @CarolynM That‘s an excellent point. 12mo
TrishB Scary how easy it is to become acceptable.... @CarolynM 12mo
Moray_Reads @CarolynM @TrishB @Leftcoastzen all really interesting points. There's certainly nothing unusual for the time in the prejudices seen in Waugh's work. He definitely brings to light the nastier side that isn't so obvious in the more casual "innocent" (and I hesitate to use the word) references of writers like Wodehouse, though of course the humour is very different 12mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Yes, great point. I think when it‘s in-your-face like in Brideshead, it‘s preferable. Although it‘s a different time period, the obvious, but flippant xenophobia in Villette (currently reading) is elucidated in footnotes and that helps me remember the context. It‘s still upsetting, though. 12mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore for me it edges too far in some of his other work like Decline and Fall and Scoop when the racist humour, satire or not, is truly horrible 12mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Oof, thank you for the warning. 12mo
TrishB @Moray_Reads I won‘t bother with those then 😔 I think. 12mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @TrishB bits of both were very funny but the racism is excruciating. I do like Vile Bodies though 12mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Thanks @erzascarletbookgasm for hosting.I loved the book (again) . so much change between the wars !Money was running out &the social structures were changing.Even though boarding schools were the norm, Lord Marchmain was more removed from his family than normal,he threw in the towel.Lady Marchmains idea of help ,awful.Nanny ,the only positive.Not to say Sebastian could have been saved,but what if his dad was more like Lord Grantham of Downton!

TrishB Great summary 👍🏻 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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My first Waugh and I find beauty and lush in his writing. Such a sorrowful story with themes of faith, love, loss, and family, but Catholicism remains the heart of the story. Some characters are fascinating, comical, others tragic.
Thank you for joining in the buddy read and interesting discussions. #BridesheadNostalgia

BarbaraBB Great pic! 12mo
TrishB And great review 👍🏻 awesome buddyread! 12mo
Cathythoughts Yes wonderful review & you have been a lovely & engaging host , thanks Jessie ♥️. And thanks fellow buddy readers .... I really loved the book ... 12mo
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CarolynM Thanks Jessie, I really enjoyed revisiting Brideshead with you and the other buddy readers @Cathythoughts @TrishB @Kalalalatja @saresmoore @Leftcoastzen (edited) 12mo
Leftcoastzen Thanks for hosting! Fun! I loved his buddy read! 12mo
Dragon 🧸 Sebastian 🧡 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB @Cathythoughts @CarolynM @Leftcoastzen Thanks for the enjoyable buddy read and insightful thoughts, guys 👏❤️ 12mo
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m sorry buddy readers, but I‘m giving up on this. For now. The timing hasn‘t been right for me, but I might return to it in the future 🤞

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BarbaraBB I understand. I was underwhelmed by this one too! 12mo
saresmoore I‘m slogging through at the moment! I can‘t figure out why it‘s as long as it is. 12mo
CarolynM I think the first part of the book is definitely the most interesting, I can certainly understand why you are struggling to finish @Kalalalatja @saresmoore 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I agree it‘s rather slow in the middle parts. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @saresmoore if you do finish it, head over to the discussion questions/posts. 12mo
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB @saresmoore glad to know I‘m not alone! @CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm I really think this is a timing problem for me, or maybe too high expectations 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
batsy @Kalalalatja I slogged through it when I read it some years ago, and was underwhelmed. I also felt it was a timing thing and I forced myself to finish. @saresmoore @BarbaraBB 12mo
rubyslippersreads Maybe I‘ll stop feeling bad about never having read this. 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#BridesheadNostalgia

Last question. Feel free to comment anything else 🙂

TrishB Still thinking about this one! 12mo
CarolynM Cousin Jasper's instructions to Charles early in the book is so bigoted it is hilarious. I love Anthony Blanche's scenes, I think he lets us see both Sebastian and Charles from different perspectives than we get from the rest of the book. Likewise the scene of the dinner Charles has with Rex Mottram gives us a different view of Julia. 12mo
Leftcoastzen I love the ones @CarolynM mentioned as well as Cordilias description of Sebastian ,last she knew.So poignant.I love when Charles and Julia are among the few who are well during the rough ocean crossing, predicted they would get involved, yet cool to be part of the healthy group,like some anointed club. 12mo
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Leftcoastzen I also love his way of telling the story. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM cousin Jasper 👍 Anthony Blanche‘s conversation with Charles is important like you said, giving us the background of Sebastian and Lady Marchmain. I find the scenes of the Oxford boys hilarious. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Charles father is a weirdly comical, his conversations with Charles are hilarious and witty but sad too. No love between the two 💔. I also like the scenes involving Rex‘s eagerness to get converted so the marriage can go on. 😁 @Leftcoastzen @CarolynM @TrishB 12mo
TrishB I‘m not sure men if men of that class at that time were expected to love their kids - he was probably thinking he was doing a good job! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @trishb you mean men (British?) at that time having restraint in expressing emotion? Like ‘stiff upper lips‘? 12mo
TrishB Exactly! That‘s why they were all sent away to boarding school or loved their nannies - why is why nanny is so important here too. 12mo
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TrishB I think it worked, but was very poignant. 12mo
CarolynM Overall I find it satisfying except for the idea that Charles has become Catholic. I would need a lot more detail of his inner journey to find that convincing. 12mo
Leftcoastzen I think it worked , between all that had happened and heading to the next war , it‘s understood the end of an era.I like how Charles is the outsider taken in not unlike Nick Carraway in Gatsby.I have been rewatching Downton Abbey so great changes to another Lords‘ family come to mind. 12mo
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Cathythoughts A very sad ending ... but it felt real to me 👍🏻♥️ 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🙌 worked for me as well. So sad, so bleak. ❤️💔 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Leftcoastzen I like your point about how Charles is the outsider, so alike Nick in Gatsy! 👍 12mo
saresmoore Oh, gosh, I hated the ending! Ha! I think his questionable conversion to the pious/repentant life is bogus. Every sinful character being wrapped up in a religious devotion, sacrificing self, but for what? What greater good is any of them serving in the midst of another war? I think Waugh was aiming for hope in the end and some poignant, penultimate truth, but it fell flat for me. 😬 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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As in..sexually?

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TrishB There are literally hundreds of pages of debates about this! My head is so influenced by the TV series here - where it‘s a lot more overt than the book. I think they probably are physically involved - but there‘s no more info due to the publication date of the book I expect. 12mo
CarolynM Definitely. Are they sexually involved? I'm fairly certain of it. They are just out of boarding school where homosexual activity is commonplace, they spend time sunbathing nude together on the roof of Brideshead for no reason other than the joy of if and there is that wonderful line about their naughtiness being up there with the worst sins. I think it's pretty clear. (edited) 12mo
Leftcoastzen Well ,of course if he were literal about homosexuality it couldn‘t have been published by a mainstream publisher then.The joy of reading it is filling in those things somewhat left to the imagination.it comes up often, boarding school, experimentation,etc. Reading of the upper classes family histories not uncommon to see couples marry , have children,continue the family line ,& take lovers of either sex ,with some level of discretion . 12mo
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Cathythoughts I think they are lovers , it‘s very subtlety portrayed.... but , yes. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm I think so too, @TrishB @CarolynM @Leftcoastzen @Cathythoughts . Cathy you‘re right.. I think that was Waugh‘s intention..subtle 12mo
saresmoore I agree with @CarolynM —this didn‘t even seem subtle to me. And honestly, I think the question of sexual involvement is irrelevant. Charles very clearly emphasizes that his love for Sebastian was the precursor to his love for Julia. I think the art of nuance as opposed to overt description is generally a mark of good writing. 12mo
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Since religion is the major theme, I‘m curious to know.

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TrishB Great question! Probably not.....🤷‍♀️ think he was definitely veering towards accepting Catholicism by then. 12mo
CarolynM I think it's pretty clear that he has become a Catholic. It is by no means clear to me why he has done so. I think the whole story shows how unhappy the Flytes have been as a consequence of their religion. This is how Charles seems to see it. I think the author's intention was to show them being comforted by their religion when they were at their lowest and that making Charles see it as something he wanted too. I'm not convinced. 12mo
Leftcoastzen I think he is more of a spiritual seeker with his world travels ,Art,and such.I think he respects how their faith , though often creating problems for the family , seems to comfort when their father is nearing the end.I think he prayed to honor the traditions of the house and I am not convinced he would become Catholic. 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Good insight @CarolynM ! I have my suspicion when Lord Marchmain was at his deathbed and everyone was praying, even Charles. I don‘t understand why he did that when he didn‘t believe. To honour the traditions of the house, @Leftcoastzen ? I don‘t know.. 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB I think the same too, that he was accepting (or receptive to) Catholicism towards the end when Lord Marchmain was dying. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm In the epilogue, the last part about the red flame, I don‘t understand. Anyone can explain? @TrishB @CarolynM @Leftcoastzen . Charles was noted as being ‘unusually cheerful today‘..was that anything to do with his visit to the chapel or his conversation with Nanny? 12mo
saresmoore I think his waxing poetic about the red flame was a symbol of Charles‘ (and Waugh‘s) acknowledgment that the only hope in dark times is the light of religion. I certainly don‘t agree with this conclusion, but it‘s an emphasis on rebuilding and greater purpose, even in his last conversation with Nanny. Seems to me that his agnosticism has been morphed into a sort of respectful appreciation for the religion and it‘s practices. 12mo
TrishB I find it hard to comment on religious anything as I don‘t have any religious beliefs - so I don‘t really get anything to do with religious fervour- can you just turn it on and off - change religions etc? I have no idea really. I try to respect people‘s approaches but can‘t claim any understanding at all! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm That makes sense, about the red flame. Thanks for your explanation @saresmoore 12mo
Leftcoastzen @erzascarletbookgasm @saresmoore @TrishB @CarolynM It could reflect my own prejudices.I would be polite and maybe join in, respect elements of their faith. (Whatever helps get you through)I don‘t see the intensity that would signify Charles joining the faith.But the book operates with a subtlety that makes one question many things. (edited) 12mo
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TrishB I‘m not sure I have one! Although I enjoyed the novel I don‘t think it was because I was attached to a character. 12mo
Leftcoastzen Even though it‘s a small part ,Mr.Ryder, father of Charles , out there in a world of his own , he gets the best lines! 12mo
CarolynM I've always liked Anthony Blanche. I think it's because he seems be more comfortable with himself than any of the other characters are. Charles and Sebastian are both interesting but somewhat shadowy. They are all incredibly self absorbed. 12mo
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Leftcoastzen @CarolynM Anthony does light up the page!the room ! the whatever! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm I wasn‘t attached to any character as well, @TrishB , not even Charles. @CarolynM @leftcoastzen I do like Anthony Blanche as well! 12mo
Cathythoughts Sebastian 💔. My favorite character has to to be Sebastian ... narcissistic, a homeless wanderer , coming to a bad end. I couldn‘t have befriended him IRL ... but from a distance I can feel great compassion for him (edited) 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Poor Sebastian. So heartbreaking to see him ‘destruct‘ himself and spiral towards depression and alcoholism. @Cathythoughts 12mo
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen Agree that Mr. Ryder gets the best lines! And I love his quirks and habitual reading. @CarolynM Antoine is such a fun character. He is one of the few who seems to see the big picture and yet still enjoy life. My favorite character was Julia, I think because I related most to her. 12mo
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#BridesheadNostalgia buddy readers, final/overall discussion coming up soon. No worries if you have not finished reading, jump in whenever you‘re done.

Leftcoastzen Love this cover collection! 12mo
TrishB Great graphic 👍🏻 12mo
Kalalalatja I have only read the first chapter of part two this week. I‘m starting to realized, I might end up bailing. I‘m just not compelled to pick it up 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
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batsy Love seeing all these covers. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Kalalalatja Oh no! Will miss you at the final discussion. What is it that makes you not interested to continue? The characters? The writing? It‘s alright to bail, read what you like, so many books out there. 12mo
Kalalalatja I think it‘s the timing. The tone of the book just doesn‘t for with my current mood. I might pick it up at some other time, but at the moment it isn‘t working for me 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Kalalalatja I know what you mean about timing 👍 12mo
saresmoore I‘m still plugging away, but now that I‘ve finished writing, I should be done soon! 12mo
BiblioLitten An old favourite 🤗💕 12mo
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As soon as I start growing weary of this book, Waugh chimes in with a character description like this one that makes it all worth it. #BridesheadNostalgia

LeahBergen “Too often bathed”. 😆 12mo
Leftcoastzen I know exactly what you mean,that passage is great! 12mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Ive got this one on my Audible ready to go. May get to start this weekend. 12mo
BooksForEmpathy Hah! 12mo
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Okay, buddy readers, I‘m starting part two! I really hope you haven‘t given me #FalseHope, and that I‘ll end up liking this 🤞

And just like that, I‘m (hopefully) back on the #NoFemmeber wagon! I have been in a photo challenge slump, but I‘m hoping to keep up for the rest of the month!

#BridesheadNostalgia

julesG The knitter in me sees the blanket and wants to make one. 12mo
Kalalalatja @julesG I love it! I got it from my in laws for my birthday, but it is a store bought, and not homemade blanket. I‘m not a knitter, so I don‘t really know if it would be easy or difficult to replicate it 😄 12mo
BiblioLitten I feel like rereading this one. I enjoyed it the first time💜 12mo
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julesG It's not very difficult to replicate the stitches. I have a scarf with a similar pattern. 12mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! She‘s back 💕 12mo
Billypar Ha- glad you're back on the challenge wagon, and here's hoping your BHR Part 2 hopes are not in vain 😃 12mo
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Wistful was the word I used to describe this book when I read it years ago, and I still think it is the word that sums it up best. All those unhappy lives. Beautifully written but so, so sad. Looking forward to the discussion.

#BridesheadNostalgia

erzascarletbookgasm You sum it up perfectly..wistful. 12mo
TrishB Good word, my lefty self has a lot of other words too! 12mo
Cathythoughts I agree with you summary 👍🏻❤️❤️💔 12mo
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A little Audible sale #bookhaul plus a Stephen Fry freebie 😍👍💕🎧

Emilymdxn Home fire and Frankenstein are the only two I‘ve read but they‘re both absolutely incredible books! 12mo
saresmoore I can attest that all of these would make great audiobooks! 12mo
irre Homefire was excellent on audio!!! 12mo
Cathythoughts Brideshead narrated by Jeremy Irons sounds kind of amazing to me 12mo
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Finished. Or exactam eam / perfectus, as they say in Latin.
Final discussion on the 25th Nov, there‘s still time to complete the book. Can‘t wait to discuss some things.
#BridesheadNostalgia

saresmoore 🙌 I hope to catch up in the next few days and look forward to discussing it! 12mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m on track, I love Waugh‘s style of writing, I like lingering in it. 12mo
Kalalalatja I‘m hoping to read a bit tomorrow, but I‘m a bad buddy reader at the moment 😳 12mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 look forward to it 12mo
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#BridesheadNostalgia discussion continues.. Question /my thoughts in comment 👇

(Mark spoiler alert in your comments please).

erzascarletbookgasm Lady Marchmain. What‘s your impression of her in Book One? I know she‘s controlling and shrewd, but is she such a bad mother in being worried about Sebastian turning into an alcoholic? In making all the arrangements for her son in Oxford? (maybe that‘s taking it too far). Does her actions solely drove Sebastian to seek alcohol and then run away? If so, what about the elder brother and Julia? They didn‘t run away.. 12mo
Cathythoughts I think Sebastian takes on all the suffering of his family ( unconsciously) ... he is “ the fall guy” ... he carries their pain. So Brideshead & Julia don‘t run away ... their lives are not as extreme ... Lady Marchmain & those chats !!!! Her chats were so controlling & such a betrayal to her family .... I‘m still trying to process her , i experience her as a very scary Catholic mother , .... (edited) 12mo
Leftcoastzen I like what @Cathythoughts had to say. I didn‘t jump I right away cuz I was at yet another book sale😬 12mo
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CarolynM Sebastian is described as being the most like his father and Lord Marchmain couldn't live with her controlling ways either. I don't have any sympathy for her, I can't be doing with people who seek to control others and parents trying to control their adult (or almost adult) children is a particularly sore point with me. 12mo
CarolynM For whatever reason, Brideshead shared his mother's view of the world. Julia sort of did run away. Mottram was hardly the sort of man she was supposed to be involved with. 12mo
TrishB @CarolynM agree- I try to think it‘s different times - but probably part of Sebastian‘s turn to alcohol was his lack of control over his own life. 12mo
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Here‘s the first part of discussion for #BridesheadNostalgia
(up to end of Book One). Question in comment 👇

(Beware of potential spoilers. Please mark spoiler alert in your comments).

erzascarletbookgasm Why is Charles so captivated by Sebastian, the Marchmains and the family estate?
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TrishB Great question. I think a basic feel for the English class system helps too - I think that‘s one pull, the slightly eccentric ‘off piste ‘ draw of them. Part of the aristocracy , but slightly outside due to religion. Personal level, Charles‘s is obviously attracted to Sebastian too. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm True about the aristocracy part @TrishB . I also think it‘s because of Charles‘ relationship with his father. Comical guy, who prefers his own solitude and doesn‘t care about Charles, is that why Charles wanted to ‘belong‘? 12mo
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Cathythoughts I think about this too ... I think Charles lost his mother 💔. His father is a bit aloof & odd. And then here comes Sebastian & Aloysius... and he finds love & something very different from his own upbringing... he falls in love with this exotic creature ( I think that‘s a fair description of Sebastian as a young man ... like someone he has never met before ... and then the Marchmains are Sebastian‘s family ... so he is awed by them (edited) 12mo
Cathythoughts And Sebastian, so starved for love , is so happy to be able to love Charles & have him as a companion 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts ‘starved for love‘ is so apt. Poor Sebastian is possessive of Charles, afraid his mummy will ‘take Charles away from him‘. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm I think I would describe Sebastian as flamboyant..his dialogues reminds me of a younger and less confident version of Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy Sayer‘s hero.😄 12mo
Leftcoastzen I‘ve had friends who tried that move , charming my friends away, lucky for me I didn‘t take it like Sebastian. 12mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts I think you've summed it up perfectly. Part 1 is really a romance story that ends unhappily. But Sebastian had little chance of happiness given the times, his sexuality and his religion. 12mo
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#NoFemmeBer I havnt been able to stop thinking about Sebastian & how his life turned out ...
He could have done with a lot of #unconditionalLove ....
one of life‘s sad casualties... ❤️💔

#BridesheadNostalgia

TrishB You‘re a very kind person Cathy as I feel slightly differently! Maybe it‘s having lived with an alcoholic 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I think how he ended up .. no dignity , no control of his life , in such a faraway place was heartbreaking.. It was himself that he harmed. I have lived with An alcoholic too.... & a very different kind of alcoholic from Sebastian..... One that didn‘t go away & harmed not only himself but others too .... (edited) 12mo
TrishB Yes, that sort too 💔 I know it makes me bitter sometimes - you‘re much kinder! It made me harder... 12mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB life is a complicated business 😘❤️ 12mo
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#BridesheadNostalgia

Prejudices of all varieties displayed with abandon in this book. I know it's wicked, but it's so rampant here it has reached the point of absurdity and I find it hard to take it seriously. Lady Marchmain's disdain for the Prussians is particularly amusing.

BarbaraBB I felt that way too! 12mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I'm so glad. I was a bit nervous of posting in case anyone was offended, but really, it's just SO ridiculous. I think it does us good to be reminded of how commonplace it was and I don't remember being so conscious of it when I read the book in the 80's so that shows how far we've come in a reasonably short time. 12mo
TrishB Absolutely! Definitely of its terms in terms of being perfectly acceptable for publication. 12mo
Leftcoastzen Well people who were in the upper classes held on to some of these prejudices because this is what they talked about at parties and since they typically ran with the same crowd, they would encounter little to change their minds. 12mo
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Finished Part 1. For me it really is #BridesheadNostalgia - the nostalgic nature of the story and personal nostalgia for 1982. Reading this story again is briniging back so many memories of that year.

TrishB Love when books can do that 💕 12mo
LeahBergen Those roses! 😍 12mo
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Tonight‘s glass of wine and escapist dinner prep reading is brought to you by: homeschool groups. 😒 Hello, is there anyone out there who educates their own kids and actually bothers to first educate themselves?! Anyone??

Leftcoastzen 😂funny! Homeschooling hard work 12mo
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen I think the hardest part for me is dealing with the uber-religious moms (and kids). Good grief. 12mo
AlaMich So I take it you feel that some of these parents are not, uh, qualified to homeschool their kids? Are there groups of secular—for lack of a better term—homeschoolers? 12mo
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Leftcoastzen Can you wear garlic or something? Oh wait , that would be for vampire homeschoolers .🧛‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 12mo
saresmoore @AlaMich Supposedly, there are secular groups...🦄 But, this is even a 4-H group, which is not religiously affiliated. I‘m determined to find my people! 12mo
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen Bahahaha! Still might work. Nobody tries to talk to the weird garlic-smelling parents, right? 12mo
merelybookish What? I took math in school. I can totally teach it! 🙄 12mo
Lindy Sending some sympathy your way. 💐Also, miracles do happen. 🦋 12mo
saresmoore @merelybookish Yes. That‘s exactly it. Plus the whole narrow-minded, non-reading, do-what-the-curriculum-tells-me approach to, well, life. It‘s frustrating. 12mo
saresmoore @Lindy Thank you! I remain obstinately hopeful. ♥️ 12mo
LeahBergen It sounds like some of those parents would benefit from a bit of Waugh and Wine (I capitalized that in case you‘re looking for a name for your anti-home school group 😂😂). 12mo
Susannah Exposing myself here a bit, but I admit that when I hear that children are being homeschooled, I'm initially suspicious of the reasons for it because of the stereotype of narrow-minded, prejudiced-and-fear-driven parent-homeschoolers. Unfortunately, your post isn't as surprising to me as I wish it were, @saresmoore. I worry that ignorance begets ignorance with so many homeschooled children. I hope you find your people! 12mo
merelybookish I always figured that would be one of my (many) barriers to homeschooling. (My laziness being #1 😛) I know I'd need to socialize my kids but probably wouldnt want to have to hang out with the other parents. 😬 12mo
LauraBeth I see that instapot working! I know some of the people who homeschool near me and it frightens me - they‘re the type of folks who base all of their history and political knowledge solely on Fox News. And science is bad. 12mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen I can always count on you for perspective AND brilliance! 😘 12mo
saresmoore @Susannah I felt much the same way. Well, I still do! It motivates me to never stop learning, questioning, reassessing. My main fear is that my people are the last ones to end up homeschooling precisely because of what you articulated so well. 12mo
saresmoore @merelybookish It‘s definitely the worst part for me. My husband picks up some of the slack for social things, but I love getting to take the kids to do normal life things and they‘ve cultivated such a conscientious ease with their fellow humans—even adults—that I feel they aren‘t missing out too much on days when I simply can‘t face the other parents. 😫🙃 12mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth Oh, I do a half basmati, half cauliflower bone broth rice in there and it is so tasty! All Costco ingredients, too. 😊 Yes, that is what many ‘round here are like, too. A mom today asked me if I do Classical Conversations and I said, “No, I prefer to introduce my children to actual science, as opposed to young earth creationism.” I don‘t think she knew what I was talking about, but I was trying to get out of a potential playdate, so... 12mo
AlaMich @saresmoore I just googled Classical Conversations—having never heard of it—and was amused to see a photo of a girl looking through a microscope. And by amused I mean depressed. 12mo
saresmoore @AlaMich 😂😭😩 12mo
Centique @Leftcoastzen oh that‘s made my day 😂😂😂 I have a friend‘s sister that fits into this category @saresmoore Besides her thoughts on education she also gave me a book on how to be a good and obedient wife when I got married. Ahh... how I laugh now. 👍 12mo
saresmoore @Centique I‘m so glad you can laugh now! I‘ve started writing some of my old (and current) acquaintances/friends loosely into fiction and, I must say, it‘s cathartic! 12mo
Moray_Reads This is why I've always been sceptical about home-schooling. Your posts about your girls have helped me reconsider but I'm not surprised that you find other parents aren't as diligent! 12mo
britt_brooke You are an amazing mom and no doubt a great teacher for your girls. Hope you find your people soon! 12mo
saresmoore Thanks, @britt_brooke , I‘m sure they‘re out there! Litsy continually gives me hope. 12mo
TheWordJar Isn‘t it frustrating? We had great groups when we lived in the suburbs of Chicago. But after moving to a smaller, rural area, we haven‘t been able to find any, I guess for lack of a better term, “secular curious” people. But lots of Christian groups and parents who look at homeschooling as a chore rather than a privilege. (Though, let‘s be real, it sometimes *is* a chore!) 🙂 12mo
saresmoore Oh, my, it feels like a chore some days! But, yes, that‘s what I‘ve found, too. I mean, just the fact that the widely used dichotomy is Christian/secular is arbitrary and problematic. Have you ever participated in a co-op style environment, like a Waldorf or a Montessori “school” run in part by parents? 12mo
TheWordJar I‘d love to do a co-op if I could find the right fit. There‘s one in our area, but you have to sign a statement of faith, and after reading it through, I just couldn‘t do it. I have two HS friends who have them in their large metropolitan areas, and they seem so useful if you can find a good one! How about you? Any good options in your area? 12mo
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I am enjoying the witty dialogues and antics of the Oxford boys. Gorgeous writing, too. I‘ve read the part where Sebastian brought Charles to visit ‘where his family lives‘. I must be more alert with all the hints. I know nothing and I‘ve not watched the film or series. Such a charming and fascinating character, this Sebastian. Can‘t wait to know his story. And what is it with him and his teddy-bear? 🧐 I‘m sure I‘ll understand as I read on.

Kalalalatja The teddy bear makes no sense 😂 it is the first time for me to, so I‘m going in blind as well 12mo
TrishB I wondered how the teddy would play out if you hadn‘t seen the series! 12mo
Cathythoughts I really do love Sabastian & Charles & Aloysius... the teddy makes sense to me .. but only after awhile... ❤️❤️💔 I can say more later when we‘ve all read. 12mo
saresmoore At the first mention, I thought maybe “Teddy-bear” was someone‘s nickname. 😆 Not making a lick of sense to me yet, either. 12mo
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Forgot about Sinister Street by Compton Mackenzie.I became obsessed with reading it when it was listed as an influence on F Scott Fitzgerald.It was risqué and quite infamous and influential in its day, a bit overwritten but I could see it was important influence to the writers who came after. #bridesheadnostalgia

TrishB Not familiar with the book! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm I don‘t know either🤷‍♀️ 12mo
Kalalalatja Me neither 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
Cathythoughts Sinister Street ??! Havnt heard of either. But will investigate later on today 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 12mo
Leftcoastzen @Cathythoughts @Kalalalatja @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m not saying it‘s super but , if you are interested as I am in the hugely famous then forgotten..in U.K. was published in 2 vols.in U.S.2 separate books Youths Encounter 1913 & Sinister Street 1914 .Reprint probably combines it .I read the oldies from a local university library. 12mo
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#BridesheadNostalgia Now look what you all made me do ! I suppose I‘m going to have to re-read it now...

CarolynM Ver apt👍 12mo
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batsy What a lovely edition! 12mo
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Reviewsbylola I need to reread it too. It‘s the only Waugh I‘ve read though so I need to try some of his other books too. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yay! So glad you could join and that‘s a lovely edition, haven‘t seen that before. Look forward to your thoughts and sharing. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Reviewsbylola if your schedule permits, join our casual buddy read. We‘re reading at our own pace, mini discussions (with spoiler alert) along the way as we share. Final discussions on the 25th. 12mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy it‘s a later printing of the American first edition, found years ago at a book sale . 12mo
Leftcoastzen @erzascarletbookgasm I think I will join in , so atmospheric, and still one of the best things I ever saw on television. 12mo
TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 12mo
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I‘m just getting started, but had to share this #misogynymoment. Apparently, the arrival of women is discordant to the “soft vapors of a thousand years of learning” and the “cloistral hush”... 🙄

#BridesheadNostalgia

Kalalalatja Yeah, I did some pretty heavy eye rolling at that statement 🙄 12mo
TrishB They are probably still like that at Oxford! You have to take the white man privileged statements with big pinch of salt and eye rolling. Bit like English Gatsby. @Kalalalatja 12mo
CarolynM @saresmoore @Kalalalatja @TrishB I think we need to take into account the inclinations of the characters - women were not of interest but the author couldn't say it plainly, it's all in hints. I think it's even worse that the direct references to homosexuality are all derogatory. 12mo
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saresmoore @Kalalalatja @TrishB Ugh, I‘m sure you‘re right. It‘s pretty typical of most of academia, in my experience. Frustratingly, these views are not as antiquated as they should be! 12mo
saresmoore @CarolynM Very good point. I think that sense of frustration often comes out as contempt. 12mo
TrishB @CarolynM he is known for several homosexual affairs whilst at uni 🤷‍♀️ according to Wikipedia!! 12mo
TrishB @saresmoore now been working in uni‘s for 31 years....old, traditional, elitist unis I would definitely agree.... 12mo
saresmoore @TrishB I commend you for that! I don‘t know if I could take it. 12mo
TrishB @saresmoore I‘ve always believed you can only change the establishment from within! 12mo
Moray_Reads I wouldn't be at all surprised if many still thought this way in Oxford. It still has this air about it... 12mo
cathysaid And now my singular goal for tomorrow is to work the phrase “cloistral hush” into at least one conversation 😁 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @cathysaid 😆 I have taken a fancy to that phrase too 😁 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Same here, I‘m not surprised some of those elitist unis still have the same thoughts today. 12mo
Centique @batsy these are groups I want to join! #therabbleclub 12mo
saresmoore @Centique @batsy I‘ll bring the claret if you‘ll provide the cucumber sandwiches. 😄 12mo
batsy @saresmoore @Centique I'll bring something sweet and saucy—brownies and an attitude. 😂 12mo
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Finished part one today, and I‘m not sure how I feel about it yet. Hopefully part two will end up making it more clear for me 🤞 although, it has become clear that Charles Ryder is a little bit of a #Heretic in the eyes Sebastian‘s Catholic family.

Also, it was a two cakes kind of day today, and it was delicious 👌

#CurrentlyReading #BridesheadNostalgia #NoFemmeber

Cinfhen Everyday is a two cake type of day for me 😉🤪 12mo
TrishB I really wasn‘t liking it at the end of part one....but...I carried on! 12mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen true that! 🙌 @TrishB I‘ll keep hoping for it to turn around then 🤞 12mo
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Owlizabeth I listened to this narrated by Jeremy Irons and really enjoyed it. I‘m sure it‘s a much different experience reading. 12mo
BarbaraBB I hope it will get better for you. I ended up not liking this book very much but I know I was a minority :) 12mo
JoRead Have you seen the movie? Emma Thompson stars and it was a semi-good adaptation. 12mo
Billypar 'A two cakes day' 😂😂 I'm looking forward to hearing the consensus from the group on this one! 12mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Oh, me too! I thought I was the only one 😂 12mo
Kalalalatja @Owlizabeth oooh, I bet he is a great narrator! @BarbaraBB @batsy at least I‘ll be in good company if I don‘t end up liking it 😄😄 @JoRead I haven‘t, but I love Emma Thompson so I‘ll have to give it a try! @Billypar I love those kind of days 😂😂 12mo
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Diving into this re-read after 35 years. I'm surprised by how clearly I remember it. I was expecting to find themes and subtexts I didn't find before. I suspect that may come in the second part. It's so deliciously witty, I'm chuckling quietly to myself all the time, aided by remembering the Australian radio parody Brunswick Heads Revisited.
#BridesheadNostalgia

TrishB Look forward to discussing 👍🏻 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Glad you‘re enjoying it as much on a reread. I don‘t know the parody, though. 12mo
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s great you are joining in ... will be interested to see what you think of the reread ( I didn‘t read it before ... but it‘s had much more of an impact on me this time ( I saw series before ... ) 12mo
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm You wouldn't know the parody unless you were listening to ABC radio in 1982. It's one of the many small things that continue to amuse me long after they've been generally forgotten. 12mo
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