Miss Lonelyhearts

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The columnist of... the New York Post-Dispatch, Miss Lonelyhearts, is initially cynical about the letters he receives for help. They are a joke. Gradually however, the letters start to move him but he is powerless to do anything. Retreating from the pain into a fantasy world he starts to believe that he is a Christ figure, a universal saviour. But Christ died for the sins of others! The pen may be mightier than the sword but the author wields his like a cleaver, splicing images together to present a savagely ...

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The columnist of... the New York Post-Dispatch, Miss Lonelyhearts, is initially cynical about the letters he receives for help. They are a joke. Gradually however, the letters start to move him but he is powerless to do anything. Retreating from the pain into a fantasy world he starts to believe that he is a Christ figure, a universal saviour. But Christ died for the sins of others! The pen may be mightier than the sword but the author wields his like a cleaver, splicing images together to present a savagely grotesque world. Ahead of his time, the novel had to wait another 20 years to find another author to match West's bitter humour. This book is not for the fainthearted.

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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: 9781860153082
  • Publisher: Assembled Stories
  • Publication date: 11/4/2011
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
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Meet the Author

In 1940, when an automobile accident prematurely claimed Nathanael West's life, he was a relatively obscure writer, the author of only four short novels. West's reputation has grown considerably since then and he is now considered one of the 20th century's major authors. Born in New York, West worked as the night manager of the Kenmore Hotel on East 23rd Street in Manhattan, as a contract scriptwriter for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and as a screenwriter for RKO Radio Picture.

The Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, Harold Bloom (b. 1930) has been hailed as “one of our greatest living literary critics” (Los Angeles Times).

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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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