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Here where power is no longer beautiful,
This review is from: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder (Paperback)
This is a book which I have read at least a dozen times, (a unique record in my experience), and one that I will continue to read and read again. It is absolutely and quintessentially English in its perspective - the England of memory, of class and of quiet desperation. The writing is vivid and elegaic, and it is this very richness that makes it such a memorable read. One luxuriates in its excesses. It is a book to read abroad on holiday, because it resonates all the stronger with absence. To single out any of the novel for particular praise seems faintly redundant ,but the central 'Orphans of the Storm' section is the most gorgeously intense description of falling in love you might ever read. Suffice to say the book works on many philosophical and emotional levels, and is quite peerless in the 20th century canon. Highly recommended and required reading for any literary soul.