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Записи с темой: brideshead (список заголовков)
23:26 

buttsketch: “…his days in Arcadia were numbered.” 

Brideshead
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14:37 

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23:26 

Brideshead Revisited

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literarymorsels:



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Brideshead Revisited




‘I remember the dinner well - soup of oseille, a sole quite simply cooked in a white wine sauce, a caneton a la presse, a lemon souffle. At the last minute, fearing that the whole thing was too simple for Rex, I added caviar aux blinis. And for the wine I let him give me a bottle of 1906 Montrachet, then at its prime, and with the duck, a clos de beze of 1904…


The cream and hot butter mingled and overflowed, separating each glaucous bead of caviar from its fellows, capping it in white and gold… The soup was delicious after the rich blinis, hot, thin, bitter, frothy.





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We ate to the music of the press - the crunch of the bones, the drip of the blood and marrow, the tap of the spoon basting the thin slices of breast.


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‘I rejoiced in the Burgundy. It seemed a reminder that the world was an older and better place than Rex knew, that mankind in its long passion had learned another wisdom than his. By chance I met this same wine again, lunching with my wine merchant in St James’s Street in the first Autumn of the war; it had softened and faded in the intervening years, but it still spoke in the pure, authentic accent of its prime, the same words of hope.’



From Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. The book was written during the Second World War, at a time of rationing and great shortage, and Waugh later observed, with a little distaste, that as a consequence that it is laced with a ‘kind of gluttony’


Personally I wouldn’t have it any other way! The book’s excesses are a big part of its charm and this section has always stuck in my mind. Along with the book, the film and TV adaptations, I also have the unabridged audiobook read by Jeremy Irons and often listen to it falling asleep. No matter if I go to bed full, hearing this passage while half asleep is guaranteed to make me hungry again!


George Orwell said that Evelyn Waugh was about as good a novelist as one could be while holding untenable opinions and that last paragraph about the wine pretty much epitomises this for me; it’s a perfect example of the sort of romanticised conservatism that pervades the book, the contempt for the ‘modern world’ that all too often translates into hideous snobbery, but it’s just so perfectly written, every time I find myself drinking in every word, a literary glutton in every sense of the term…


(The image of the duck dish is ‘borrowed’ from a blog called Jet City Gastrophysics, in an excellent post about recreating the recipe.)





@темы: brideshead revisited, brideshead, Evelyn Waugh

15:04 

delicousaloysius: Sometimes I forget that Cordelia has a pig...

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delicousaloysius:



Sometimes I forget that Cordelia has a pig named St. Francis Xavier. Upon remembering, I am instantly happy.





@темы: st francis xavier, pigs, cordelia, brideshead

02:46 

soapboxsadie: View from the bridge that leads up to the...

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soapboxsadie:



View from the bridge that leads up to the Mausoleum



Castle Howard




@темы: brideshead, i am not i

04:11 

soapboxsadie: A Cherub inside the Mausoleum.

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soapboxsadie:



A Cherub inside the Mausoleum.





@темы: brideshead, i am not i

05:41 

soapboxsadie: Grounds outside Castle Howard.

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soapboxsadie:



Grounds outside Castle Howard.





@темы: brideshead, i am not i

22:31 

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02:31 

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00:20 

"I though the Boom chapel at Madresfield the saddest thing I ever saw."

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“I though the Boom chapel at Madresfield the saddest thing I ever saw.”

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Evelyn Waugh


[via Mad World by Paula Byrne]




@темы: i am not i, brideshead, religion, waugh

22:08 

"The whole interior had been gutted, elaborately refurnished and redecorated in the ..."

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“The whole interior had been gutted, elaborately refurnished and redecorated in the arts-and-crafts style of the last decade of the nineteenth century. Angels in printed cotton smocks, rambler-roses, flower-spangled meadows, frisking lambs, texts in Celtic sсript, saints in armour, covered the walls in an intricate pattern of clear, bright colours. There was a triptych of pale oak, carved so as to give it the peculiar property of seeming to have been moulded in plasticine. The sanctuary lamp and all the metal furniture were of bronze, and-beaten to the patina of a pockmarked skin; the altar steps had a carpet of grass-green, strewn with white and gold daisies.

“Golly,” I said.

“It was Papa’s wedding present to Mamma. Now, if you’ve seen enough, we’ll go.””

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Evelyn [Waugh] changes the gold triptych to pale oak and the sanctuary lamp and metal furniture to bronze, but otherwise there is no mistaking the Madresfield chapel.



Mad World by Paula Byrne





@темы: brideshead, byrne, i am not i, religion

02:34 

"Madresfield was special because it had been home to the same family for eight centuries. Like the..."

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“Madresfield was special because it had been home to the same family for eight centuries. Like the mythical Brideshead, the real Madresfield had been remodeled several times. Parts were Jacobean, but there had been a major renovation in the style of Victorian Gothic.”

- Mad World by Paula Byrne


@темы: brideshead, byrne, i am not i

05:55 

peutetreoui: Castle Howard, England. by daylong on Flickr.

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04:21 

"On becoming the Earl Beauchamp in 1866, Frederick threw himself into the life of the house and the..."

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“On becoming the Earl Beauchamp in 1866, Frederick threw himself into the life of the house and the county of Worcestershire (his Catholic sympathies meant that he was viewed with suspicion in royal and political circles, so he confined himself to the shires). He rebuilt large parts of Madresfield in the Gothic style. He beautified the gardens. And he began the tradition of an agricultural show for his tenants (in ‘Brideahead Revisited’ Charles and Sebastian watch just such a show whilst sunbathing on the roof of the house).”

- Mad World by Paula Byrne


@темы: brideshead, bridey, motifs, religion, they are not they

05:28 

nolitafairytales: Castle Howard Interior (by DrRob)

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nolitafairytales:



Castle Howard Interior (by DrRob)





@темы: brideshead, films, i am not i

03:32 

abadcoverversion: Just another shot of the Atlas Fountain at...

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abadcoverversion:



Just another shot of the Atlas Fountain at Castle Howard, I’d forgotten about this one…





@темы: brideshead, films, i am not i

14:34 

"It's rather sad to think that whatever happens you and I can never possibly get involved in a war."

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Hi, it’s Edward the silent blogger. I’m reading Madresfield: the Real Brideshead by Jane Mulvagh (btw, does anyone know how the surname is pronounced?) and getting more and more in love with the Lygon family.


The first thing I learnt from the book was that two Lygons fought in Napoleonic wars. One of them, Lt Colonel Edward Pyndar Lygon, commanded a regiment of Life Guards at Waterloo. Click to look at his sword (a single-edge broadsword in fact).


More to come, more to come.




@темы: Brideshead, they are not they

03:05 

allthingseurope: Castle Howard, England (by tricky ™)

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allthingseurope:



Castle Howard, England (by tricky ™)





@темы: brideshead, films

22:01 

scratchesofink: Castle Howard. England. most of it was built...

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scratchesofink:



Castle Howard. England.


most of it was built from 1699-1712.





@темы: 2008, brideshead, films, mini-series

Brideashead revisited

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