Brideshead Revisited By Evelyn Waugh Review!




Brideshead Revisited (1945) by Evelyn Waugh is a fantastic read.

The plot is told from the POV of officer Charles Ryder. Charles is stationed in Brideshead with his battalion and he begins to think back and recount his experiences from long ago.

The book is about a love triangle between Charles who finds himself romantically interested in siblings Sebastian and Julia Marchmain. He meets Sebastian first at Oxford where he is a history student and Julia when he goes to visit the family in their mansion in Wiltshire. Charles who is middle-class and an Atheist finds that these two parts of his identity often cause a divide between him and the family who are upper-class and Catholic. A lot of this book centres around class and religion. Both the barriers and the coming together despite these barriers are presented but ultimately these barriers are too much to overcome.

My favourite character is Sebastian. I adore him. He is a flawed character. He has a certain amount of selfish, spoilt rich brat to him but unlike like a lot of selfish, spoilt rich brats he does have a lovely heart and I have got to say the strength he showed in the face of his boyfriend deciding to cheat on him with his sister is strength not a lot of people would show. He never kicked off which he would have been within his rights to do and he forgave them both.

Sebastian is an alcoholic. His drinking I feel is brought on quite a lot by his family. Because he comes from a deeply Catholic and conservative family, I think he has always felt pressure and guilt about being gay because of the family he comes from. The way Charles treats him adds to his alcoholism. He eventually finds peace and tranquility at a Catholic monastery in Tunisia.

In terms of the love triangle I always felt that Sebastian was in love with Charles, that Julia really liked Charles and that Charles liked the two of them slightly but was more in love with the idea of their wealth than either of them. He seems obsessed with the house, the money, the lifestyle. This is kind of understandable but I always felt he was using these two people to be a part of this lifestyle he desired.

I like Charles and Julia too but I don’t like the way they treated Sebastian. I’m very fond of Aloysius the teddy bear too. The bear doesn’t do anything much but are adorable. I like Anthony Blanche too. I quite like Sebastian and Anthony because they are kind of fun and kind of have spunk to them. I think a lot of the characters are alright and all but they are so proper and came across to me as thinking they are real superior and mature and that kind of annoyed me. You know, you can be fun and mature at the same time. Though I liked a lot of the characters in this book, the fun element was seriously lacking in a lot of them.

The writing is splendid. Waugh had a gorgeous way with words. I think his writing is great. It has a part modern vibe to it and a part older vibe and it works very well. The storytelling and the pictures painted are very well done and he keeps Charles’ character very consistent throughout.

A wonderful book.

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23 Sexy Men Through The Years!

Have you ever flicked through magazines with pics from the past or seen a past star online and thought if I had have been out in your day I’d have had a crush?

Well that’s exactly what this blog post is all about, men who I have thought that about. I’ve narrowed the list down to 23 handsome men throughout the years and their in no particular order (Well I’ve put all the music guys together, guys in fashion together and the actors together but in terms of gorgeousness it’s no particular order.). From sexy rock gods to actors with sensual charm with two gorgeous popstars, a smouldering man who served in the U.S. Navy in Word War II, a beautiful poet, a very handsome fashion photographer and a strikingly handsome fashion designer, take a minute, sit back and enjoy a trip down memory lane sexy-style! πŸ™‚

1. Β  Marc Bolan

Look at those eyes! Piercing, deep … swoon! πŸ™‚ The frontman of T. Rex Marc Bolan looked every inch the star and a great looking man. He oozed sex appeal which is something most rockers do ooze and aren’t we all glad they do?! πŸ™‚

2. Β  Kurt Cobain

Gorgeous blue eyes and flowing blonde locks! Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was simply a beautiful man. I remember the first time I seen him was in a picture inside the locker of a girl at school and I thought he’s good-looking to myself but I didn’t know who he was. At that stage I only knew Smells Like Teen Spirit. Cobain came across as very gentle and kind on YouTube videos I seen of him and that’s attractive too!

3. Β  Roger Taylor

I am a huge Queen fan and I don’t actually think any of Queen was bad-looking men but in opinion something stood out about Roger Taylor. The drummer was just this incredibly gorgeous blonde guy! Cute with edge! πŸ™‚

4. Β  Phil Lynott

Again I’m a massive fan of Thin Lizzy! They were our Irish rock heroes! And frontman Phil Lynott had this magnistism about him which was intoxicating. You could lost in his eyes, couldn’t you? πŸ™‚ A beautiful, beautiful Irishman with immense musical talent!

5. Β  Jim Morrison

I think everyone fancied The Doors’ frontman Jim Morrison. He was so complex that you wonder how his wife Pamela Courson put up with him and why. Then you look at him and you understand why! Jim Morrison was kind of sex appeal personified in his leather trousers and with his overall sexiness. He had this sexual stare, he was so hot it was almost intimidating. I mean it was a kind of an exciting, wild, sexual danger that can be quite enticing.

6. Β  Billy Idol

English rock star Billy Idol was incredibly sexy. His Rolling Stone cover was super hot! The Dancing With Myself and White Wedding singer just looked gorgeous and hot in photographs. He was intensely sexy! πŸ™‚

7. Β  Jeff Buckley

I remember an album was released of Jeff Buckley’s music and the ad was on the TV. I hadn’t heard of him at that time and the ad went quite quick so I thought he was a new artist and you know, he looks good-looking, a new crush. It was only after that I realised he had died many years before. He was very young like quite a few men on this list when he died. But when he was alive he was a very gorgeous man with a haunting voice and great musical talents.

8. Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was an amazing guitarist but he was also very attractive. There was a very sexual feel to his stage performances and I remember watching a documentary on him and he was sitting on a bed talking and I was thinking this must have been good for peoples’ healths back then! πŸ™‚ Like many guys on this list he was also very individualistic and that’s a very attractive quality in a person. πŸ™‚

9. Iggy Pop

There was something incredibly sexualised about Iggy Pop’s stage performances. I recently was watching a program called Anarchy In Manchester and his performance of Passenger was just something else! πŸ™‚ Beautiful dark features he had and was very attractive in that whole time of punk.

10. Adam Ant

Adam Ant with eyeliner around his eyes? Oh heaven! πŸ™‚ It just went so well with his dark, amazing eyes. I even used that picture in a fashion project I done in college about Gothic looks. And of course he looked damn beautiful in the project. He was incredible looking and those eyes, wow! πŸ™‚

11. Brian Jones

Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones’ beauty just oozes out of pictures. Fit as hell!

12. David Bowie

With sex appeal to burn David Bowie always looked downright hot!

13. Andrew Ridgeley

I know almost everybody back in the day of Wham! was besotted by George but I think I would have fancied Andrew. He didn’t tend to sing much but he looked absolutely stunning! πŸ™‚

14. Chris Lowe

I used to watch the video to the Pet Shop Boys’ West End Girls when I was younger and I used to kind of think to myself that the little, dark-haired lad at the back was quite handsome. That lad of course was Chris Lowe! πŸ™‚

15. Β  Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent I first seen in a book on fashion I borrowed from the library and he was just this incredibly handsome man. Long before it was fashionable, Saint Laurent was making geeky chic and he had this lovely personality too. I know he was criticised quite a lot for his shy personality but I thought it was just gorgeous! πŸ™‚

16. David Bailey

Fashion photographer David Bailey more known for his work behind the camera was also pretty damn photogenic himself! With gorgeous deep eyes that looked mysterious and dark hair he was a gorgeous man who could have anyone he wanted. Gorgeous! πŸ™‚

17.Frankie Merlo

Frankie Merlo was and came into the whole arts/culture world when he started dating and subsequently living with writer Tennessee Williams. I mean look at him, he was the epitome of handsome sophistication. Tennessee Williams done very well for himself indeed! Frankie was supposed to be liked by almost everyone who met him and I would have thought he was fantastic too. He seemed a really nice, down-to-earth person and I would have loved to have been besties with him! πŸ™‚

18. Β  James Dean

What can you add to a comment about James Dean’s beauty which hasn’t already been said?! I think everyone fancied James Dean, didn’t they? And it’s easy to see why. The Rebel Without a Cause star oozed sex appeal and brooding masculinity. He was just incredibly handsome. Each feature just perfect. Those piercing eyes that pierce right through you, full of cool, casual swagger and almost uneffortlessly handsome. Stunning, stunning, stunning! πŸ™‚

19. Montgomery Clift

I read about Montgomery Clift before I ever seen what he looked like in Truman Capote’s biography and he seemed a nice man but quite troubled at the end of his life. He was an amazingly natural actor who starred in movies such as I Confess, Lonelyhearts and Suddenly, Last Summer and he had these incredible eyes which in his roles were so emotive and convincing. Very, very handsome man.

20. Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando oozed that sophisticated, very strong air. Some scenes in Tennessee’s Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire when he gets all angry are really rather hot and it’s very easy to see why he was such a sex symbol back in the day! πŸ™‚ He had such a fabulously chiseled face with brooding deep eyes and very kissable lips.

21. Errol Flynn

Australian-American actor Errol Flynn was a smouldering, beautiful man with a gorgeous smile. He played Robin Hood and needs to be seen in tights!:-) Other roles this very sexy man was in included Against All Flags, Mara Maru and Montana.

22. Anthony Andrews

I’m a huge Brideshead Revisited fan and Anthony Andrews was this gorgeous blonde hunk! πŸ™‚ He played the role of Sebastian Flyte and while Jeremy Irons who played Charles wasn’t hard on the eye either there is just something about Andrews. Watch him smoking in his role as Sebastian. It’s kind of sexy! πŸ™‚

23.Β Lord Alfred Douglas

Poet Lord Alfred Douglas was probably more known for been Oscar Wilde’s boyfriend which in a sense was a shame because I’ve read some of his poetry and it’s quite good. Reading about his story with Oscar, you do get the impression that maybe Oscar loved him a bit more than he loved him and when you look at Lord Alfred with those delicate, beautiful features, gorgeous eyes, soft blonde hair you can see how he became so besotted by him. If I was a man back then and Lord Alfred showed a bit of interest then I think I would have been caught hook, line and sinker too to be fair! πŸ™‚