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The Loved One (Modern Classics) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1970


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New impression edition (April 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140008233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140008234
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 April 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As `The Loved One' opened I wasn't sure that I was going to get on with it too well. It had a group of pompous British expatriates discussing many things banal in the material heights of Los Angeles. It is here and in this company that Dennis Barlow, an English poet, has come to stay with his uncle Sir Francis and tried to make a name for himself. However Dennis hasn't managed and instead finds himself reading books behind a desk at a rather unsuccessful pet's funeral parlour and not really getting anywhere in life, though seemingly happy with his lot.

This isn't set to last and in fact doesn't as very early on Sir Francis is fired from his Hollywood job at Megalopolitan Studio's and decides to take his own life, in doing so his nephew Dennis is left in charge of the funeral and ends up in the necropolis `Whispering Glades' where death seems like a wonderful option and can have all the finest trimmings and sometimes come out looking better than you did when you were alive. "Why, if he'd sat on an atom bomb, they'd make him presentable." That line and its delivery made me laugh for about ten minutes. It's very dark humour with sprinklings of an almost campness throughout, or maybe just a wry smile throughout.

It is going through the rigmarole of funeral procedures and arrangements for his uncle that Dennis meets the beautiful Aimee Thanatogenos, a corpse cosmetician, and becomes besotted starting not only one of the funniest and slightly outrageous books I have had the good fortune of reading, but also the unlikeliest but most readable love triangles between Dennis, Aimee and an embalmer called Mr Joyboy that leads to a rather shock ending I wasn't expecting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Bendle on 12 July 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An absolutely cracking satire about the funeral business in the City of Angels. Vicious, dark, disturbing - and laugh-like-a-drain funny.
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By Mrs BH on 1 Feb. 2014
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Naughty but very nice: the prose is first rate, as would be expected, and the Waugh humour is at its best.
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By PhilipInch on 5 July 2014
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not in great condition - very discoloured
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