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The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh
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Feb 28, 12

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Read on February 28, 2012

** spoiler alert ** To me this book is just chockful of treats, interspersed with much that gives me pain. And it seems sparkling-fresh, considering it was written so long ago; I think because Waugh saw the place with a stranger's eye, appalled but entranced. Imagine flying out of Britain in the grey 1950s and setting down in sunny, gleaming California! I don't think Waugh hated his time there at all, I think he was fascinated, invigorated and probably just a teeny bit tempted. If only he hadn't so clearly seen the gruesome fate of the Hollywood Brits, venally colluding at their own descent into self-caricature.

Treats:
1) Sir Francis Hinsley's funeral, especially having Juanita del Pablo, in her new Irish identity, sing 'The Wearing of the Green'. Blissfully wrong on so many levels.
2) Mr Schultz. The voice of truth.
3) Whispering Glades/Forest Lawn. It sounds an ideal day out to me.

Pain:
1) Aimee, never awake to her own worth.
2) Sir Ambrose Abercrombie, the shabby cad.
3) Mr Slump, who runs Dennis Barlow so close in the 'absolutely no sense of morality whatever' stakes before actually beating him in the 'casual misogyny' handicap.
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