To: Cicero; dighton
THERE is a telling anecdote, perhaps apocryphal but illuminating nevertheless, about Evelyn Waugh. The story dates back to the immediate aftermath of the second world war, when Waugh, already a celebrated and popular literary novelist, sat down to dinner with his young family. To mark the end of hostilities, and the subsequent re- opening of supply lines, each of the local children in the area had been given a banana. Still a remarkably exotic fruit even then, and almost never seen during the war years, the Waugh children eagerly anticipated the promised treat of a banana for dessert. To the family's horror, however, Evelyn himself peeled and ate the fruit with lip-smacking relish. As he shoveled the bananas into his unkind mouth, cream dribbling down his several terraced chins, he eyed the children with a baleful glare as if daring any kind of familial insurrection.
posted on 01/04/2007 4:23:09 PM PST
Many have said that Waugh was an unpleasant man personally. I think he once said that if not for God's grace he would have been a lot worse. But his novels are, in fact, brilliantly moral. I read the whole article you linked, and I can only say that the author doesn't understand or sympathize with Catholicism, or he's have a completely different take on "Brideshead Revisited."
The novel, like all of Waugh's novels, is full of sinners, but in point of fact if you read it with understanding, it turns upon a miracle of grace when the old man dies, and the conversion of the central character years after the main action took place. That is when Brideshead is "revisited." Most critics simply don't get it. It's one of those novels that demands to be read several times.
posted on 01/04/2007 6:09:00 PM PST
...perhaps apocryphal but illuminating nevertheless,...
Fake but accurate?
posted on 01/05/2007 6:32:50 AM PST
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