Helena

Evelyn Waugh

Penguin 1963
A book review by Danny Yee © 1995 http://dannyreviews.com/
Helena, a "biography" of Constantine's mother, is a failure as a historical novel. For one thing, it is tendentiously Christian (Catholic), pushing twentieth century parodies of Arianism and gnosticism back into the fourth century as straw-men. More tellingly, it conveys no feel for the period and doesn't offer much in the way of humour to compensate.

This is not one of Evelyn Waugh's better novels.

May 1995

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%T Helena
%A Waugh, Evelyn
%I Penguin
%D 1963 [1950]
%O paperback
%G ISBN 0140182438
%P 159pp