The Day of the Locust

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The Day of the Locustis a novel about Hollywood and its corrupting touch, about the American dream turned into a sun-drenched California nightmare. Nathaniel West's Hollywood is not the glamorous "home of the stars" but a seedy world of little people, some hopeful, some desparing, all twisted by their by their own desires--from the ironically romantic artist narrator to a macho movie cowboy, a middle-aged innocent from America's heartland, and the hard-as-nails call girl would-be-star whom they all lust after. An...
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New York 1965 Softcover Reprint; Later Printing Good+ 0809438410. 8vo-8" to 9" tall; 167 pages; Black trade size paperback lightly rubbed at edges with very minor creasing at ... spine. Previous store stamp. Text pages clean and tight just beginning to yellow. Introduction by Budd Schulberg. Series editor Norman P. Ross. Read more Show Less

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The Day of the Locustis a novel about Hollywood and its corrupting touch, about the American dream turned into a sun-drenched California nightmare. Nathaniel West's Hollywood is not the glamorous "home of the stars" but a seedy world of little people, some hopeful, some desparing, all twisted by their by their own desires--from the ironically romantic artist narrator to a macho movie cowboy, a middle-aged innocent from America's heartland, and the hard-as-nails call girl would-be-star whom they all lust after. An unforgettable portrayal of a world that mocks the real and rewards the sham, turns its back on love to plunge into empty sex, and breeds a savage violence that is its own undoing, this novel stands as a classic indictment of all that is most extravagant and uncontrolled in American life.
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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    Excellent read!

    Excellent read!

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    Worst Print Ever

    Every 2 pages there was a typo. Not even an exaggeration. The book was very difficult to enjoy because this particular print was so bad. There were misspellings, random numbers after words and various apostrophes scattered throughout. Many Cs instead of Gs, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2002

    Eh, it's ok

    Full of symbolism and all that good stuff that makes it a timeless classic and an eye into a time period younger generations haven't experienced. Not extremely interesting or developed in the sense of plot though. If you read this book read it slowly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2001

    A look back with outdated words & good insight.

    I wanted just to read something easy and get rid of the boredom. I started reading the Introduction by Richard B. Gehman, found it interesting and decided to skip it and start reading. I found it readable and serious. The first paragraph is very engaging. To write a novel about movies with exotic and perhaps, meaningless props is an interesting metaphore for the benefits of modern entertainment and for our desire for continual instant gratification and the following sadness. 'He would never again do a fat red barn, old stone wall or sturdy Nantucket fisherman. ...despite his race, training and heritage, neither Winslow Homer nor Thomas Ryder could be his masters and he turned to Goya and Daumier.' Thank you.

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    Posted October 27, 2008

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