Thursday, August 26, 2010

Evelyn Waugh

I've just finished another of Evelyn Waugh's novels - this time, Vile Bodies. Like Scoop, I found Vile Bodies unusually readable; but like Scoop, I also found it somewhat tiresome. Don't get me wrong, I love Waugh (heck, we share an Oxford College), but I've found myself longing - more and more recently - for the gravity of Brideshead. Which is to say that while I admire the satirical novels (especially Decline and Fall), there's something far more profound at the heart of Brideshead, a novel which is to be admired for a wealth of reasons...not least, I think, for its subtle connections with the life and work of Fitzgerald.

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