“I went there uncertainly, for it was foreign ground and there was a tiny, priggish, warning voice in my ear which in the tones of Collins told me it was seemly to hold back. But I was in search of love in those days, and I went full of curiosity…”
Like a few other books written in this same time period I found it hard to really get into this one during the first few chapters. Mainly when Charles is in the military and Mr. Waugh throws a lot of jargon at you. But once you get passed that it is a beautifully written novel of love and bonds of family and religion. While at University Charles Ryder meets Sebastian Flyte and they quickly become inseparable. There are faint hints towards the fact that the two may have been a little more than friends, and whether or not that is the case you still know that they have a love for one another, be it strictly friendship or otherwise. Charles, at the disgust of Sebastian, quickly falls in love with all of the Flyte family which causes Sebastian to head down a slippery slope of alcohol and pre-marital conquests.
You become attached to Sebastian and a teddy bear that he carries with him by the name Aloysius, but half way through they disappear, barely to be spoken of again. It’s barely even explained why the pair are barely spoken of again, except for the fact that Sebastian is now a full fledged alcoholic. Even with the removal of Sebastian and his companion I felt that the novel kept pace with it’s downward spiral of well off family and their estate. I was right there with them until the very end when, it felt to me, that the author simply just needed to end the novel and so just ended it. I was left with a lot of questions. Not sure if I’ll be reading this one again, but it kept me engaged and it earns it’s place on The List.