It sounds strange, but Evelyn Waugh’s 20th century British novel, Brideshead Revisited influenced my decision to become Catholic perhaps more than anything else. I read the Church Fathers and studied Catholic theology and my intellectual obstacles to becoming Catholic were slowly crumbling. But at my core, I need story. My brain works narratively. I slog through non-fiction, but I can devour fiction. Brideshead was the narrative that drew me to the Church.
Brideshead Revisited is a convert’s story and my favorite novel of all time. Charles. Sebastian. Julia. Cordelia. I know them.
Brideshead is widely considered to be the finest Catholic novel of the 20th century. It’s beautiful and moving and absolutely hilarious. But over the weekend when I sat down to write a post about exactly why the book affected me so deeply, I realized I couldn’t explain in just one post. And I didn’t want to spoil the plot for anyone who hasn’t read it, yet. I was expressing my dilemma to some bloggin’ friends and they said, “I’ve always wanted to read that! Do a book club!”
ENTER THE CARROTS CLASSIC BOOK CLUB!
Starting with Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. We’ll read some classic fiction and discuss as we read and we’ll meet as an event through the Carrots FB page every couple of weeks. Then maybe a live wrap-up chat through Google Hangouts or something similar when we finish the whole book?
Here’s what you need to know:
We’ll start our discussion Tuesday May 27th in the book club event on the Carrots FB page.
Get thee to your local library for a copy of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited OR order your copy from Amazon (affiliate link. Thank you, kindly!)
Start reading! We’ll cover the Prologue and the first section, Et in Arcadia Ego, at the first meeting (and if you want to jump in with question or comments on the event page before May 27th, go for it! We can get the conversation started!
A note of caution:
If you’re the sort of person who likes to watch film adaptions after finishing a novel (*raises hand*) please PLEASE don’t watch the recent film starring Emma Thompson. The cast looks amazing, so you’d THINK it would be good, but it’s the worst thing ever and completely ruins everything the book is about. So sad. But, the 11-hour long miniseries starring Jeremy Irons is really, really good and true to the book.
So who’s with me?!