The Day of the Locust

The Day of the Locust

Book - 1983
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The Day of the Locust is 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.
Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, 1983, c1939
ISBN: 9780451523488
0451523482
9780811224611
Branch Call Number: PS3545.E8334 D3 1983
Call Number: F WEST NAT
Characteristics: 204 p. ; 18 cm

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wilstyles Aug 01, 2011

A dark look at life in Hollywood in the 30s, reading this novel is like watching a movie in your mind. It was also West's last full book before his untimely death in a car accident (killing him and his wife) on they're way back to town after hearing of F. Scott Fitzgerald's death.

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