I recently read Helena by Evelyn Waugh, a historical novel about St Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine who found the fragments of the true cross and brought them to Europe.—I’m on a bit of a Waugh kick after a recent re-read of Brideshead Revisited, which I am now starting to class among my favorite books. I’m starting to feel like I’m suffering from a classic case of reading an author’s best work first and thus being doomed to disappointment in all subsequent forays. While I certainly found aspects of the book interesting and I’d recommend it gladly, I did not find it to be a work on at all the same plane of greatness. Brideshead is a classic, Helena merely a good read.
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