by Evelyn Waugh
Where It All Goes Down
England, from 1922 to the early 1940s
The prologue and epilogue of Brideshead Revisited take place during the early 1940s, in the midst of WWII. Charles’s flashback – the main narrative comprising the novel – goes back to the 1920s and takes the reader forward through the following two decades. Brideshead Castle and the surrounding estate is of course at the center of the novel’s setting, as it comes to represent all the novel’s major themes and is of course the trigger for Charles’s recollection. But you can read all about that in "What’s Up With the Title?"