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5.0 out of 5 stars On embalming in LA, 8 Dec. 2003
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This review is from: The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
This book is utterly wicked and in thoroughly bad taste. In short, I absolutely loved it. This work is not for the faint of heart nor for the easily offended. I'm surprised that Waugh was never sued for libel by Forest Lawn in Los Angeles. Having lived in LA for two years, I did visit Forest Lawn. It is everything that Waugh describes and more!
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Initial post: 19 Feb 2009 17:02:39 GMT
J. Winfield says:
Have just read 'The Loved One' for the first time - very funny, very macabre.
Christopher Sykes, in his biography of EW, tells us that Waugh's American publishers were indeed concerned about the possible reaction in the USA and, specifically, the likelihood of being sued by Forest Lawn. Waugh was helped out by a titled friend who agreed to change his will, asking to be buried in Forest Lawn, having been, to paraphrase "... so impressed by the description in Mr. Waugh's latest novel"! Waugh's agent AD Peters showed this to the nervous publishers who were, apparently, reassured by the enthusiastic burial plans of EW's upper crust pal. I believe there was no great outcry in the USA, I don't think Forest Lawn did make a fuss and, some years later, EW's friend quietly removed the Codicil from his will!
John W

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2009 16:50:40 BDT
Great background, thanks, that really helped - I love that sort of info. I'm going to buy it now. Sort of grown up reading I feel ready for at present.
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