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The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

The Loved One (original 1948; edition 1999)

by Evelyn Waugh

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Title:The Loved One
Authors:Evelyn Waugh
Info:Back Bay Books (1999), Paperback, 164 pages
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Tags:Fiction, British Literature, English Literature, 20th Century Literature, 20th Century British Literature, 20th Century English Literature

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The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh (1948)

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    God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut (hazzabamboo)
    hazzabamboo: Both are funny satires of America - Waugh is more vicious.
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    The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford (Booksloth)

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This was not bought to read in German but for the attractive and macabre cover design, the red lips of the loved one in her coffin the only spot of real colour against the black and grey background.
  jon1lambert | Oct 31, 2015 |
Excellent satire; amusing characters you never really like, which in this case is a good thing. Quite a few highly entertaining moments. Fun, fast read. ( )
  MizPurplest | Sep 21, 2015 |
I really liked Dr. Joyboy, but this book left me unsatisfied. ( )
  behemothing | Oct 25, 2014 |
In which Waugh again proves that the satisfactions of 'realistic' fiction are pretty pale compared to the satisfactions of vicious, spiteful, hate-filled satire. The characters, plot and setting are all paper thin, but that helps the book with it's main point, which is to make you laugh out loud and recognize the ugliness, stupidity and vanity of the world in general. There's nothing and nobody redeeming here. The Brits are snobs and/or morons; the Yanks are James-lite innocents with none of the charming homeliness of actual innocents in James novels. If nothing else, reading this book will give the this please: next time you hear an American conservative complain about a 'culture of death,' you'll be able to remember 'The Loved One,' smirk, and take pleasure in the fact that a genuine conservative would consider the American conservative to be a repulsive boil on the arse of humankind. ( )
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Addams, CharlesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boyle, StuartIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The prolific Waugh--an English novelist and satirist perhaps best known for Brideshead Revisited--described this slim, vicious comedy as "a little nightmare produced by the unaccustomed high living of a brief visit to Hollywood." The setting is the L.A. funeral industry, where Whispering Glades provides deluxe service to deceased stars and their families, and the Happier Hunting Ground does the same for dead pets. (At Whispering Glades, staff must refer to the corpses only as "Loved Ones.") The industry provides a perfect foil for Waugh's deadpan wit--and an apt metaphor for the movie business.

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Mr. Joyboy, an embalmer, and Aimee, a crematorium cosmetician, find their romance complicated by the appearance of an English poet, Dennis Barlow.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141184248, 0141193492


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