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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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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. ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
Absolutely love this satire of mid-1940s Los Angeles and the English ex-patriot community! The mortician Mr. Joyboy and his colleague Aimée Thanatogenos are a wonderful contrast to Dennis Barlow in Waugh's parody of Henry James' stereotypes of the Innocent American and Jaded European... ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 26, 2013 |
Very funny sarcastic look at Hollywood life and death. Evelyn Waugh pokes fun at both Americans and Brits. An enjoyable read, but lacking in depth. ( )
  Becky221 | Jun 4, 2013 |
This was not funny except in a grotesque way. Well, it was funny as a whole - it's very writey - pouncey and arty. if you know what I mean. Enjoyed it. ( )
  Schmerguls | May 14, 2013 |
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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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Editions: 0141184248, 0141193492


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