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Brideshead Revisited-Beautifully Crafted But Not Convincing

Image from the BBC miniseries of Brideshead Revisited

It looks like I missed last week’s update on my 2014 Reading Challenge, but no worries, I’ve been keeping up.

During the past two weeks, I have continued to press on in my reading of the Sacrament of the Present Moment, but have had no new insights on the book. I also finished Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and began reading a book for some Continuing Education I have been working on for my teaching profession.

While, I found Brideshead Revisited to be beautifully crafted, I only enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book.  As an American, it was hard to gasp the class differences that play such a heavy role in the story and by the end none of the characters seemed redeemable.  To me, Waugh seems nostalgic for the aristocracy, but he did not convince me of why I should care that this era was coming to a close.  The Lords and Ladies described in the book seem like spoiled trustifarians, done in by their own excesses.

Next up is Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea, which looks to be Moby Dick set in Cuba.

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