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.
It's also a great 1960's film too...very respectful of the written source material and has a great comedic cast..
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.
satire of the funeral business
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