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The Loved One : An Anglo-American Tragedy

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Subtitled An Anglo-American Tragedy, Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One is a witty satirical novel on artistic integrity and the British expat community in Hollywood, published in Penguin Modern Classics. 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. Following the death of a friend, poet and pets' mortician Dennis Barlow finds himself entering into the artificial Hollywood paradise of the Whispering Glades Memorial Park. Within its golden gates, death, American-style, is wrapped up and sold like a package holiday. There, Dennis enters the fragile and bizarre world of Aimee, the naive Californian corpse beautician, and Mr Joyboy, the master of the embalmer's art...A dark and savage satire on the Anglo-American cultural divide, The Loved One depicts a world where love, reputation and death cost a very great deal. Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) was born in Hampstead, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). In 1942 he published Put Out More Flags and then in 1945 Brideshead Revisited. Men at Arms (1952) was the first volume of 'The Sword of Honour' trilogy, and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; the other volumes, Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender, followed in 1955 and 1961. If you enjoyed The Loved One, you might like Waugh's Vile Bodies, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'The master of black comedy' Sunday Times 'One of the funniest and most significant books of the century' Alice Thomas Ellis, Daily Telegraphshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 126 x 190 x 10mm | 99.79g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141184248
  • 9780141184241
  • 100,732

About Evelyn Waugh

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.show more

Review Text

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)show more
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