Michael Hess will lead a discussion of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited which tells the story of middle-class narrator Charles Ryder’s involvement with and observations of the aristocratic, Catholic, and somewhat dysfunctional Flytes family between the world wars. Brideshead Castle is the setting for a nostalgic story that is not so much a commentary on class relations but is more about the conflicts of religious faith and societal values in our daily lives. Although it takes place almost a century ago, there are many parallels with our changing social mores and personal etiquette in the 21st century. Waugh deploys the razor-sharp dialogue characteristic of his more satirical writing, but the novel is more a meditation on the nature of grace and an elegy for the aristocratic lifestyle that was destined to fade along with the British Empire. And several of the leading characters are unforgettable, especially Aloysius, Sebastian's Teddy bear. In a double review in The Atlantic, Ben Heineman said: 'Downton Abbey is entertainment…Brideshead Revisited is art.'
This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding December. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at (203) 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.