One of Waugh's less well known works, The Loved One is a black romp through the strange world of California's Funerary parlours. A tragic love affair begins at Whispering Glades, where many of California's deceased elite are buried, preserved and even put on display and ends at the Happier Hunting Ground pet mortuary. Less riotous or slapstick than Waugh's other books, The Loved One is however extremely humorous with a truly tragic ending on a par with Shakespeare himself.
Characters ranging from a young englishman attempting to make his way forward in Hollywood, to Mr Joyboy the accomplished mortician, his mother and her parrot cannot fail to draw the reader in and entertain in a way that only Evelyn Waugh could.
This book is a must for anyone who has enjoyed the more popular 'Decline and Fall' or Brideshead revisited' and is an excellent introduction to the author for those who have not read any of his other works.