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Evelyn Waugh Compares Memories To Pigeons

I don’t have a lot for you today coming off of a three-day holiday weekend, but I do want to share this passage from Brideshead Revisited with you.

If you’re scoring at home, it’s on page 259.

Evelyn Waugh compares memories to pigeons and the rest of us are better off for it. Tell me this isn’t an incredibly written paragraph.

I want to go sit on a park bench, feed a pigeon, and reminisce about my childhood in Georgia.

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  1. So evocative, rolling and slipping off the page and into my brain. I’ve not really read him before.

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    May 26, 2015
  2. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    May 26, 2015
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    May 26, 2015
  4. Stephen McDaniel #

    Waugh does something which I do not seem to see in much of modern writing. He paints an evocative picture, but he anchors it to the story. The paragraph is short, and though full of imagery, never flies off into space. And once you have the picture and the point, you are seamlessly back with the character and his world.

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    May 26, 2015
  5. Beautiful indeed. Such a pleasant read for the metaphor addict that I am!

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    May 26, 2015
    • For me, that’s the best part of this paragraph. It so beautifully describes memories as well as bird.

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      June 6, 2015
  6. Ah, beautiful! Now I want to read the book. I’ve seen the movie years ago, but I never read the book before.

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    May 26, 2015
  7. That settles it then: I have to read this book.

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    May 26, 2015
  8. What a way to excite the imagination and grow the mind.

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    May 26, 2015
  9. Beautiful. I can’t believe you’re still reading paper books! And writing in them!

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    May 27, 2015
  10. I can imagine you sitting on a park bench with the pigeons cooing around you, reading Brideshead about sitting on a park bench with pigeons cooing around the character. For my money though, memories are like cats. They want to go their own way and there is no stopping them.

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    May 27, 2015
  11. I love the paragraph but I’m concerned that it looks like some vandal has written in your book….

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    May 27, 2015
  12. It’s beautiful. I didn’t like the movie I saw, but maybe I’ll give the book a try now.

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    May 27, 2015
  13. Reblogged this on ishadowoflife.

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    June 4, 2015

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