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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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The sarcasm drips from the pages. But so many books that really on sarcasm are so depressing and negative. This one is actually funny. Perhaps it helps to be cynical to enjoy this--that would explain why I like it so much! ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
The sarcasm drips from the pages. But so many books that really on sarcasm are so depressing and negative. This one is actually funny. Perhaps it helps to be cynical to enjoy this--that would explain why I like it so much! ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
An entertaining satire that begins with a warning from the author. "The squeamish should return their copies to the library or the bookstore unread." Inspired by his brief visit to Hollywood, Waugh creates a series of fantastic characters in Hollywood society that range from a small community of British ex-pats to the staff of the mortuary Whispering Glades (based on the real Forest Lawn). Loved ones is the euphemism for the dead - the attention lavished on the humans and even animals (at a separate place called the Happier Hunting Ground) is exaggerated (one hopes) to the point of absurdity. It's a smallish book that takes little time to read. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
A good book to read even if you don't particularly like Waugh's brand of satiric wit. Droll, but true. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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 |
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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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