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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.

©1976 Auberon Waugh (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Hilarious funny.

Modern satire at its finest. Evelyn Waugh skewers post war Hollywood. A return to his early form in Vile Bodies.

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A perfect book

This captures LA and America so beautifully and is a delight. One should have a touch of cynicism for full flavor! A masterpiece.