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The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy (Penguin Modern Classics) by [Waugh, Evelyn]
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About the Author

Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) was born in London and educated at Oxford. He quickly established a reputation with such social satirical novels as DECLINE AND FALL, VILE BODIES and SCOOP. Waugh became a Catholic in 1930, and his later books display a more serious attitude, as seen in the religious theme of BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, a nostalgic evocation of student days at Oxford. His diaries were published in 1976, and his letters in 1980.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (31 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082FYN2Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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This is one of Waugh's lesser known books, but should by no means be forgotten or ignored. His black humour is as prevalent as ever, and his characters are as well created as anyone in Brideshead or any or his more well known works.

Placing one of his upper class wasters in such a foreign world as LA is a stroke of genius and the culture clash is brilliantly exposed. Dennis Barlow is the perfect stoic anti-hero, instantly loveable and detestable at once.

If you've read any of Waugh's other long novels, you'll love every page, if not this is a perfect introduction to a master of storytelling.
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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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More of a short story really. A curious subject matter, especially for its time - perhaps the story's chief distinction. It's about the mirky particulars of a modern American funeral parlour's processes: no doubt common procedure nowadays; the cosmetic restoration of the corpse for display purposes etc. If you've seen "Six Feet Under" you'll be familiar with the drill, however, nineteen forties Britain may well have felt faint pangs of distaste at Waugh's unflinching depictions. Especially with Waugh's rather cynical and irreverent tone.

The characters are mildly comic but hardly rounded. The writing is nicely composed technically - highly proficient, yet the story lacks a heart or any genuine humour. Also, Waugh succumbs to a very British literary weakness of the early to mid 20th century: quoting old English poetry with gusto. Yes, the character of Derek is supposedly a poet of sorts, but the continued poetic referencing, to me, just feels pretentious and dated.

All in all, not as sharp and witty as Waugh might have imagined. Cynical, disposable, rather empty, chewing gum stuff.
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I always recommend this to people with the advice to keep struggling through the first chapter, which is a couple of old bores talking about people you don't know yet.

Once this is over and we meet the hero working at the pet mortuary, the book takes off and keeps flying.
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Beautiful, dark, fearless humour and over before you know it.

Perfect reading for a train journey. Actually, perfect reading full stop.

Written with consummate ease of course and feels rather a privilege to read it.

Hugely entertaining, especially re the GB/US cultural divide.
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I don't know what I expected. After seeing this book as a film many moons ago the book didn't live up to my remembrance.
However what can one say about Waugh. The plot is off the wall, but the story is placed in the USA and therefore seemed
natural. I would recommend this book for a light read.
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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 almost campness 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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