The Loved One

The Loved One

An Anglo-American Tragedy

Book - 2012
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Following the death of a friend, the poet and pets' mortician Dennis Barlow finds himself entering 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-and Dennis gets drawn into a bizarre love triangle with Aimée Thanatogenos, a naïve Californian corpse beautician, and Mr. Joyboy, a master of the embalmer's art. Waugh's dark and savage satire on the Anglo-American cultural divide depicts a world where reputation, love, and death cost a very great deal.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2012
ISBN: 9780316216463
Characteristics: viii, 146 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 05, 2018

Although Dennis Barlow initially came to Los Angeles to write for the movies, he soon found a more tasteful job working at the Happier Hunting Ground pet cemetery. When his host kills himself, the funeral arrangements fall to him, leading him to Whispering Glades, the human cemetery, where he quickly becomes the third leg of a mortifying love triangle.

Waugh's satirical work often centers around his hatred of the vulgar, and given his estimation of America as the empire of vulgarity and Hollywood as its capital, it is no surprise that his usual grotesques are even more grotesque than usual here. Yet it is the Englishman who comes off worst in the end - his mention of Henry James is neither accidental nor superfluous.

wilstyles Aug 01, 2011

Hilarious! I had no idea it would be this funny. A british poet is working at a pet funeral home in LA and is introduced to the human funeral home experience when his flat mate passes away. Very funny, read it.

Apr 30, 2009

satire of the funeral business


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