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12/29/2015

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Hels

I read the Anthony Powell book about 75 years ago *sigh*. No wonder I ended up in art history!

I am managing the History Carnival for January 2016 and need nominations for your own blog post or someone else’s by 31/1/2016. The theme I have chosen is History of the Visual, Performing, Musical and Literary Arts, but all good history posts will be welcomed. The nomination form is at http://historycarnival.org/form.html

Sigerson

Quite an accomplished list.
I view the second half of Brideshead as an answer and counterpoint to the first: the world, the flesh, the devil and the spirit must try to reconcile, with varied results.Waugh puts them in Arcadia in the first half, after all.
Lord Marchmain's hedging his bets at the end doesn't seem unlikely to me, as a lapsed Catholic sympathetic to the traditions. Ryder's raised spirits upon seeing that something of the old fire and warmth still burned among the old stones, in the Age of Hooper, even Charles's prayer, don't necessarily represent a triumph of faith, as opposed to hope, and the possibility of caritas. I don't see any reason to believe that Waugh believed that, even in the more creaky finale of the Sword of Honor. I take the books as they are, without reference to the life.

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