Miss Lonelyhearts

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Set in New York during the Great Depression, Miss Lonelyhearts concerns a nameless man assigned to produce a newspaper advice column — but as time passes he begins to break under the endless misery of those who write in, begging him for advice. Unable to find answers, and with his shaky Christianity ridiculed to razor-edged shards by his poisonous editor, he tumbles into alcoholism and a madness fueled by his own spiritual emptiness.

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Overview

Set in New York during the Great Depression, Miss Lonelyhearts concerns a nameless man assigned to produce a newspaper advice column — but as time passes he begins to break under the endless misery of those who write in, begging him for advice. Unable to find answers, and with his shaky Christianity ridiculed to razor-edged shards by his poisonous editor, he tumbles into alcoholism and a madness fueled by his own spiritual emptiness.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
The novel is ostensibly a piece of humorous fiction. . . It is ostensibly satiric. But its irony has its roots in it. The wit is hard, brilliant and very funny. . . Miss Lonelyhearts stands to be one of the hits of the year, to win both popular and critical approval. -- Books of the Century; New York Times review, April 1933
Nathaniel Rich - The Daily Beast
“In dark times, Miss Lonelyhearts shines the brightest light in the blackest places. For this reason West’s novel has never felt more alive than today.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469297880
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/17/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathanael West — novelist, screenwriter, playwright — was one of the most gifted and original writers of his generation, a comic artist whose insight into the brutalities of modern life would prove prophetic. He is famous for two masterpieces, Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939). He died in a car crash in 1940, while returning to Los Angeles to attend the funeral of his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Poor typing and spacing

    Hard to read the text due to spacing and typing errors. The story itself is bleak, blunt and provocative all at once. A case study in male psychology, though the cover suggests otherwise.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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