Friday, March 28, 2008

Perfect television

The BBC adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited (1981) is simply exquisite. You must see it. Rent it on Netflix and watch the episodes at your leisure--no need to swallow the seven hours whole!

You might also read the book, I suppose... (That's intended wryly.) It is one of greatest pieces of fiction in English of the 20th century. In my humble opinion. For me, it articulated all my hopes for and frustrations with that singular thing: the human condition.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a series of reflections on the characters. It's based on the film, but can be enjoyed by anyone who has read the book as well. And it may just incite you to pick up a copy.

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