The Loved One

The Loved One

by Evelyn Waugh
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The Loved One 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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jadorelire27 More than 1 year ago
The Loved One is an overall good book. The characters are very well developed and the plot runs very smoothly. Waugh leaves no unanswered questions at the end of the novel. I don't suggested that you just read this book on a whim. The storyline is pretty heavy and very condemning of human behaviors. Unless you enjoy being reprimanded, don't start this book lightly!
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escapee More than 1 year ago
Having read Handful of Dust and The Loved One, I am now a huge fan of Evelyn Waugh. He brings his characters to life and so far they have allowed us to peep, like voyeurs, into the private lives of the privileged British classes. And the hero of his books are like outsiders to this class structure, yet are embraced by it because that is really where they belong even though they don't really seem to fit in. At least, that is my interpretaion, for what it is worth, and I can't wait to read some more of his works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not stop reading because the beginning confuses you. As the descriptions fall into place over the outrageous plot, The Loved One really takes you into a world of caricatured characters of perplexing personalities. Remember, this is British humor. You won't get it immediately unless you're British. But when you do, you can't stop laughing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What's the theme of this book? Only makes you laugh? Or only scares you? It's so ocassional that one is human funeral, and the other is a pet funeral. They both of no help to Aimee. What does that mean? Can you tell me? By the way, the title of the book is 'the Loved One' rather than 'Loved One'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's high time for Waugh to be brought back to academic syllabi, I'll grant, but not high school syllabi. I think he's better measured, and better read, sometime after the age of 17, at least that's what I think now, having read the other reviews of this book. It's "enjoyable" and "funny" - but the pleasure is always a pleasure which you take along with a little guilt and the humor is consistently dark. Waugh moralizes and satires, and though he does so very nicely here, I'd say if you want to read some Waugh, read A Handful of Dust first, or Decline and Fall. In those you can witness in full force the dark comedy he only lets you sample here. This is a good read, but there's more to it than expressed in "a funny but gruesome book about funeral practices." These other reviewers should stick to Nancy Drew for a few more years. Read The Loved One and laugh - it's funny stuff - but take your laughter seriously. Only then can you understand the satirical assualt Waugh is launching, and on whom it falls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy read. Perfect for high school. Almost as good as watching a movie. This book offers plenty of original comedy. You'll laugh throughout the whole book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first began reading 'The Loved One' I was completely confused. I didn't understand what was going on, none the less who was who. But I kept on with reading the novel because I read a review that said at the beggining is very confusing. I found that in the fourth or fifth chapter I understood what was going on and who was who. The book started getting extremely interesting and I found I could not put it down. I finally finished the novel in less than a week. The ending of the book is suppressing! I loved the book! The only thing I would change about it is how the beginning is so confusing. If I hadn't read any reviews on this book, I probably would have never picked it up. Overall a great book, with lots of interesting twists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first began reading 'The Loved One' I was completely confused. I didn't understand what was going on nonetheless who was who. Still I keep on with reading the novel, because I read a review that said the begging is very confusing. I found that in the fourth or fifth chapter I understood what was going on and who was who. The book started getting extremely interesting and I found I could not put it down. Finally I finished the novel in less than a week. The ending of the book is suppressing! In a way I wish the novel would have ended differently but then again I think if it would have ended the way I had hoped it would not have been as good. Still I thought the book was written profoundly (other than the begging), and I would read the novel again in a heart beat. The only thing I would change about it is how the beginning of it is so confusing. If I hadn't read any reviews on this book I know that because I couldn't understand what was going on in the begging I would have stooped reading it and in turn have missed a great novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Loved One was a book i chose off of my senior year reading list. I read the first pages and was confused and discouraged, but then the book quickly redeemed itself. This book is about the funeral industry, both for humans and pets. If you are sqeamish at all, i wouldn't recommend this book to you, because it can be slightly gruesome. Mixed within this rather morbid piece is sparking wit and rollicking humor. It's a love story, but the story was nothing more than a sweetened-up fairy tale in the midst of the true subject. I enjoyed reading this book, and the diction wasn't challenging, but getting accustomed to the author's subject took a little time.