The Day of the Locust

The Day of the Locust

by Nathanael West


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The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781388295523
Publisher: Blurb
Publication date: 07/25/2018
Pages: 108
Sales rank: 936,720
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Nathanael West (1903-1940)-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 and The Day of the Locust. 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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The Day of the Locust 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
k8_not_kate on LibraryThing 5 days ago
I recall this novel sort of coming close to being deeply significant somehow but it missed the mark in my opinion.
Anonymous 11 months ago
A must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bookish1KP More than 1 year ago
Excellent read!
dranney More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago