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The Loved One : An Anglo-American Tragedy

By (author) Evelyn Waugh

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The more startling for the economy of its prose and plot, this novel's story, set among the manicured lawns and euphemisms of Whispering Glades Memorial Park in Hollywood, satirizes the American way of death and offers Waugh's memento mori.

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 126 x 190 x 10mm | 99.79g
  • 01 May 2010
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London
  • English
  • 0141184248
  • 9780141184241
  • 45,649

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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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Entertaining as Evelyn Waugh's practiced wit may be, the mockery here seems a little macabre for all tastes. Following almost on the heels of Cedric Belfrage's Abide With Me (Wm. Sloane - see report P. 175), Waugh's name and his satiric proficiency will outpace the Belfrage book at a walk. For this, pursuing an unpalatable profession, levels sardonic humor at the funeral parlor game, follows in unlovely detail the career of Dennis Barlow, English expatriate in Hollywood. Taking "one of the few jobs an Englishman doesn't take", at The Happier Hunting Ground, a pet cemetery, Barlow contributes to the final disgrace of his friend Sir Francis who strings himself to the rafters. In arranging for the interment of his Loved One, Denis meets cosmetician Aimee Thanatogenos who has found tra?? figuration in her work. Confused by the rather earthly attentions of Dennis, by the court?? ship of Mr. Joyboy who since he has fallen in love gives all his stiffs a smile of Radians Childhood, Aimee finally disposes of herself in Mr. Joyboy's icebox....Certainly not a ?? even for Waugh addicts. (Kirkus Reviews)

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