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I liked the book almost as much as I disliked it's denouement. Which is quite a bit. I thought the conclusion somewhat cheapened and undermined Waugh's artistry thoughout. It lost some of the poetry it had and instead fell into more familiar and less rewarding territory. As a whole Brideshead Revisited reminded me quite a bit of The Great Gatsby. Sebastian being Jay Gatz and Charles being Nick. Both are about the decline of a lifestyle, both possess narrators with inner-longings which decide to show up occasionaly throughout their stories, and each is drown in a deep melancholy. I really enjoyed Brideshead, though I did not love it. Waugh's writing was highly fluent. At times his word illustrations were vivid while at others they left me slightly confused as to the physical dimensions of scenes. A small quip. The underlying hints at homosexuality were interesting, if never resolved. Was Sebastian Charles first love? He calls him a forerunner, though he isn't quite clear to what degree the term can be taken. Waugh probes but never answers. Maybe its for the best. I wish the same could be said about the conclusion, which truly isn't as bad as I'm making it out to be. Still, it left something to be desired.
"Perhaps, I thought, while her words still hung in between us like a wisp of tobacco smoke - a thought to fade and vanish like smoke without a trace - perhaps all our loves are merely hints and symbols; a hill of many invisible crests; doors that open as in a dream to reveal only a further stretch of carpet and another door; perhaps you and I are types and this sadness which sometimes falls between us springs from disappointment in our search, each straining through and beyond the other, snatching a glimpse now and then of the shadow which turns the corner always a pace or two ahead of us."