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Love Among the Ruins by Evelyn Waugh
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Love Among the Ruins (1953)

by Evelyn Waugh

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Delightful, dystopian satire by a master. ( )
  Cacuzza | Dec 29, 2013 |
A short and strange read, the writing style is clearly Waugh, but this dystopian fiction is more in the line of Orwell's 1984 than Brideshead Revisited. The humor and the glamour are here, but this is a tale that focuses on what Could be in a future that seems rather too possible to easily brush off. If you can get your hands on the book, as it is difficult to find, it's a fascinating quick read that holds up to time and to Waugh's reputation. ( )
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A brief fable of a dystopian future. Shows Waugh's savage satire, contempt for the modern world, and a unique comic flair. Clara undergoes an operation to be sterilized so that she may become a dancer. The result, she grows a beard. Miles, the reformed arsonist meets her at his place of employment, a state-sponsored euthanasia centre. They fall in love and madness continues. Anticipates "political correctness" with phrases such as "Santa Claus Holiday". A brutally comic, vicious attack on the way the world was heading, illustrated with sketches done by Waugh himself. Pompous, shows off his classical learning.
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