Skip to main content
PBS logo

Book Reviews of Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited
Author: Evelyn Waugh
ISBN-13: 9780316926348
ISBN-10: 0316926345
Publication Date: 9/1999
Pages: 351
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 58 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Book Type: Paperback
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

15 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

StephanieW avatar reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Another fabulous tale crafted by Evelyn Waugh. This novel is engaging, comedic, and tragic--all at the same time. While the prose flows and the vocabulary is not difficult, many adult themes occur within the novel. Waugh examines class, sexuality, and--again--the decline of "true Englishness" in England.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, and in the end, you'll be glad you picked this book up. I highly recommend it.
reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 379 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
The peripheral characters in this novel are, to me, very sad. There is a fervent search for grace on the part of Julia's and Sebastian's mother that eventually cripples both of them. Charles is the catalyst for a deeper understanding, which comes and goes in often confusing interactions. I think the novel is reflective of Waugh's own conflict about religion.
reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 813 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Probably his best-remembered work due to the PBS television series, it is also one of his more serious, although it has its moments of jocularity. The story, narrated by the friend of an upper-class dipsomaniac, begins and ends just before D-Day. Put another way it might be subtitled How to be a fall-down drunkard with or without money. On second thought, I dont believe that he actually falls down. It is a novel of the disintegration of a once elite family. For the narrator, Brideshead, like a bad pence, constantly returns, forcing its way onto his beaten path. Nevertheless, it remains as one of his best novels for its development of characters: both principal and supporting.
buzzby avatar reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 6062 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
It has a rather sad quality to it, more so than the PBS Television series. It happens between the wars, not after WWII
ConeyIslandHigh avatar reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Beautifully written story regarding a young man's fascination with a British, aristocratic family from the 1920s whose widely different regards to religion pull them apart.
reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 62 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
One of the best "English" books of it's kind. It really shows what England was like between the wars and then after then after WWII.
The book is just wonderful and keeps you wanting to know more and more about this family even after to book is done.
reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 68 more book reviews
interesting study of faith and the flapper era.
reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 94 more book reviews
Classic, hilarious novel set in British college. Made into a successful PBS miniseries.
Terelyn avatar reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 25 more book reviews
Rich people problems and their incessant whining about them.
reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 10 more book reviews
A great book. Waugh is wonderful!
reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 244 more book reviews
A classic.

"The story of the Marchmains, as told by Captain Charles Ryder, who revisited their home, Brideshead, in the war years. It is the story of exquisite, appealing Sebastian who drank to escape bondage to his mother; of Julia who defied church and family by her marriage; and of Ryder himself, drawn irrisistably within the vortex of this extraordinary family. It is a story of the strain that faith may put on different temperaments, of how thin its thread may be for some, and of how strong it is in the lives of others."
buzzby avatar reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 6062 more book reviews
It really was quite a book, even though I saw the Masterpiece series first.
harmony85 avatar reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 982 more book reviews
The sacred and profane memories of Captain Charles Ryder...classic!
starrynight avatar reviewed Brideshead Revisited on
I loved it. A pleasure to read. It's an easy book but also a book of substance. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a large print book.
reviewed Brideshead Revisited on + 23 more book reviews
Companion volume to the PBS television series.