A book at the end of life – Dünya Gazetesi

British novelist Evelyn Waugh wrote Brideshead Revisited exactly 77 years ago… One of the most important works of English literature, the work was included in Time and Modern Library’s list of the ‘Best 100 Novels’. I read the book years ago when it was published by Can Publishing under the name Return to Brideshead. Then it was nowhere to be found… As I’ve been roaming the bookstores for the past few days, I was delighted to stumble across Red Cat Publishing’s seven-brand label reissue, Last Departure to Brideshead. The best translator I have was Filiz Ofluoğlu’s translation, the same text was published. Well done because it’s a great Turkish translation…

Waugh took the reader back to the 1940s. The plot was briefly as follows: During the war days, Captain Ryder’s company was stationed at a grand old manor house known as Brideshead. Ryder had been here before; It was a place that played a leading role in shaping his youth, dreams and feelings. She had met Sebastian Flyte as a student at Oxford and was soon fascinated by his future country house, Brideshead, and her family…

In the early 1980’s I was thrilled to learn that the book had been adapted into a television series starring Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews and Diana Quick. This 659-minute series has been nominated for 13 BAFTA awards, 11 Emmy awards, and three Golden Globe awards. And what should I do and watch this series…

Years would chase years, the Eid-al-Adha of 2009 would come. When I was roaming the streets of Rome back then and stopped by my DVD store on Via del Corso and saw the book this time as a 2008 film, I was very excited and immediately bought the DVD, which was a bit expensive. This time it was a film starring Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Goode and Ben Whishaw that I was excited to take to Istanbul…

The plot of “Back to Brideshead” was slightly changed in the script. The film is about Charles Ryder, a painter who spent years in South America; His encounter with Julia, whom he hasn’t seen in years, begins on a transatlantic 10 years ago…

Charles Ryder, who came to Oxford to study history but dreams of becoming a painter, would accept Sebastian Flyte’s apology and invitation to dinner the next day, and his life would change after that day.

Sebastian was the younger son of a noble family. As a teddy bear doll, he had homosexual tendencies. He will invite Charles for a picnic, then to his family’s castle in Brideshead; The feeling of being able to live there, to be able to skip a grade, was beginning to develop in Ryder’s subconscious at this time.

Sebastian wanted to send a telegram to Charles, who was returning to his father’s house for the summer holidays, to tell him that he was seriously injured. As Charles ran towards them, he would be surprised to find that he only had a minor fracture in his foot, but he would spend a very nice, very fun summer at the castle, where he met Sebastian’s “cold” sister, Julia.

Realizing how influential Catholicism is in the family with the arrival of Sebastian’s mother, Lady Marchmain, the atheist Charles will question the religion but be welcomed into the family nonetheless; With Julia and Sebastian he wanted to visit his father, Lord Marhmain, who lived with his beloved in Venice.

Witnessing Charles’ kiss with Julia, who had emotional moments with Julia, Sebastian experienced disappointment, depression, and was drawn into the depths of alcoholism.

Julia’s forced marriage to Rex would make things worse, Sebastian trying to stick to alcohol would leave everything and go to Morocco…

Evelyn Waugh’s Back to Brideshead is a book that caused much controversy when it was published. Waugh’s Life Story, Comments on the Book, is the subject of long reviews. I would like to emphasize: friendships; feelings, Catholicism; effects of religion; Noble; admiration for it; Mixing feelings between love and class passions; Alcoholism, that is, this and that end of life is discussed in Back to Brideshead. They open the ends of thought. A must-see film, a must-see TV series and of course a must-read book that will inspire you…

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