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Look, it's a Radio 4 adaptation of Brideshead Revisited! I missed it yesterday because I was recording stuff for the album, but I'm listening to it now, and it's great. I love that book. I read it first when I was 13, during a time when most of my reading was from the first half of the 20th century, usually Waugh, Nancy Mitford or E.M. Forster. So I am both entertained and slightly nostalgic. It's a good adaptation. But they left out one of my favourite lines from any book, ever, when a fellow officer asks Charles whether he'd ever been at the - as yet unnamed - house where his army company have been garrisoned during the war: I had been there before; I knew all about it. I always loved that line; it's such perfect understatement, and it's incredibly sad as well.

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glitzfrau
Mar. 10th, 2003 05:31 am (UTC)
swooning aesthetes
Oh how Mauricea-esque that line is! (Could you ever keep from crying at the last paragraph of Maurice...)

I never made it to Brideshead Revisited though, so I will add it to my list as soon as I have finished with the effete sufferers of
The Magic Mountain
. You just weren't alive in the 1920s unless you were a tragic young stripling, now were you?
stellanova
Mar. 10th, 2003 05:50 am (UTC)
Re: swooning aesthetes
Hee. How true. Yes, I remember weeping over Maurice in my bunk bed at the age of 13 or so. Novels about repressed, doomed gay love is perfectly designed to have certain sorts of sensitive teenage girls sobbing over their Penguin Classics...

By the way, are you reading The Magic Mountain for Deutschy post-grad fun or for pleasure? I have to confess that that bane of third year, the Faust-Projekt (you were in Berlin for that year, weren't you? Even though, I presume you had to do it when you came back) put me off Mann forever, so I can't imagine reading him for fun now....
glitzfrau
Mar. 10th, 2003 07:38 am (UTC)
Re: swooning aesthetes
And it's probably better not to inquire too closely what kind of unsavoury teenage girls those might be.

The Magic Mountain is my current spoddy idea of fun, I fear! I managed to avoid reading any of the classics of German literaturre as an undergrad, including but not limited to Goethe, Mann and Nietzsche, so it seems nothing but fun and games to me now. Or maybe it's just a rather more unsavoury game of 'spot the repressed homosexual.'
biascut
Mar. 10th, 2003 10:25 am (UTC)
But - but - how could anyone replace Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons in our hearts? How could anyone else be Sebastian and Charles?

Was the adaptation good then? I kind of got this mixed up in my head with the fact that the Radio 4 is also doing another version of On The Waterfront - it just seemed to be two things that had been done to perfection in the past and couldn't be bettered. OTW sounds really awful though - they keep having a clip of a whiny British-Actor-Doing-American-Accent saying "I coulda been a contender!", so sub-Brando that it's not even funny.
stellanova
Mar. 11th, 2003 06:31 am (UTC)
It is pretty good - no ridiculous accents or anything! Have an online listen...

And, believe it or not, I've never seen the TV adaptation. I have no idea how this has happened, because I know it's been repeated a few times (I was too young to want to watch it when it first aired) but at this stage I almost don't want to, because I have a very fixed idea of how all the characters look, and I don't want it spoiled.
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