Miss Lonelyhearts, & The Day of the Locust
"Somehow or other I seem to have slipped in between all the 'schools, '" observed Nathanael West the year before his untimely death in 1940. "My books meet no needs except my own, their circulation is practically private and I'm lucky to be published." Yet today, West is widely recognized as a prophetic writer whose dark and comic vision of a society obsessed with mass-produced fantasies foretold much of what was to come in American life. Miss Lonelyhearts (1933), which West envisioned as "a novel in the form of a comic strip, " tells of an advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist who becomes tragically embroiled in the desperate lives of his readers. The Day of the Locust (1939) is West's great dystopian Hollywood novel based on his experiences at the seedy fringes of the movie industry.
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Horrible...made me want to kill myself!User Review - nyangel - Borders
A few years ago I had to read the Day of the Locust for my high school English class, and this summer I had to read Miss Lonelyhearts for an undergraduate English class. I hated both. Nathanael West ... Read full review
It's very difficulte to handle. Well, I read this book because of my english class. Its shows great reality of hollywood, but at some point its very hard to image what the author saying about artificiality and viloance in Hollywood made me stop and think how we, as a socitey spoil our nation. At the age of 17th, it was very hard for me to read and understand about the Dream of Hollywood. Still, it has awsome ideas and the way author protrai the reality was good. I really enjoy and yes also struggled lot but thanks to my teacher who helped me to understand and think about it.!