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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the novel Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of The Near Future

The novel Love Among the Ruins written by Evelyn Waugh also published diverse biographies and travel books. He received recognition as one of the best prone writers of the 20th century. Some of his best books include Decline and Fall, A Handful of Dust, and he also received popularity as one of the major English poets of the Victorian era.

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Author:  Evelyn Waugh

Genre: Fiction                                                         

Pages: 51

Good reads rating: 3.52 of 5

My Rating: 6.5 of 10

Published: 1953

Publisher: Chapman & Hall

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of The Near Future

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This novel by Evelyn Waugh presents a mixture of satire and love written in the dystopian and quasi egalitarian British style. There is a division of literature into two classes, namely popular literature, and high-class literature.

Miles Plastic is the protagonist of this story who was an orphan and finished a prison term for arson. That time crime received a lenient approach by the state, and conditions collapsed in prison.

After his release, he became a regular person who goes to work at a state-run known as the Euthanasia center. These centres do not restrict them to the terminally ill, and Plastic received popularity when he visited the jail. At the centre, there is a bearded woman named Clara who he fell in love with. Both Plastic and Clara fell for each other, but one day she disappears and then the struggle of Plastic’s life begins.

He searched everywhere when suddenly he discovered her, but evidently with a rubber jaw. This makes him paranoid, and he struggles with his emotions. He commits another crime by setting the prison on fire.

His new life beginning gives him a new status as they sent him to become a lecturer. He remains heartbroken and never leaves a moment thinking about his former lover. Plastic became sure of one thing that he will do something in his life for the sake of himself, and he started working hard to make his career.

After becoming successful, they directed him to marry an unattractive civil servant. The struggle he experienced remains very painful, and he got no chance to be someone who he wanted to be. All the struggle and the pain provided him with lessons and helped him to grow.

Final Say on The Novel Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of The Near Future

The book is the reflection of the struggle of a protagonist in his life about his survival. The writer carries a vast imagination about struggle and pain. I rate this book: 6.5 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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