"A memorable book"
One that will stay with me for a long time. Driving down the M6 fighting back the tears may not seem like a good thing, though at other times I was smiling and even laughing. A wonderful, life-enhancing book.
The summary says 'this work mourns the passing of the aristocratic world which Waugh knew in his youth and recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by the austerities of war.' Yes, but it's so much more than that. It's about love and faith and loss. The characters may be rich, aristocratic or talented, but they suffer pain like the rest of us. If you have ever known an alcoholic the story of Sebastian will hit home.
The characters and locations are brilliantly painted by Waugh and the narration by Jeremy Irons is very close to perfection. He struggles a little with differentiating the female voices, but his Anthony Blanche is a masterpiece.
I will listen to this one again and again.
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