Brideshead Revisited

Evelyn Waugh

For some reason I always assumed this novel was first of all science fiction and secondly a sequel, and it definitely is neither. Not sure where I got confused — maybe I was thinking of Eraserhead?

Set between the wars in upper-class England, it is instead an über-nostalgic story of middle-class Charles Ryder’s relationship with the more upper-crust Flyte family and their country estate, Brideshead. The whole story is told as a recollection in the midst of WWII. It’s very absorbing with themes of religion and fluid sexuality (apparently the 2008 movie version ruins this) and messed-up family dynamics. There’s a lovely wistful feeling throughout.