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The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
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The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West.

A novel set during the Great Depression in Hollywood, California ; The Day of the Locust follows an odd group of people struggling with careers, health and love.
Tod Hackett is a sold out artist living in Hollywood, working as a set painter or any job remotely close. He's just getting by when he meets Faye Greener, an aspiring and very whimsy star. Tod meets her net of friends and lovers, which include but not limited to a sickly bookkeeper from Ohio by the name of Homer Simpson, a cowboy turn movie extra, Earle Shoop, his Mexican friend and cock fighting ring leader named Miquel.
The story is told between Tod, Homer and Faye and only scratches the surface of their lives, but shows how their brief interconnection set a new path for each of them.

Three/ Five Stars

Favorite Quotes :

"It is hard to laugh at the need for beauty and romance no matter how tasteless even horrible, the results of that need are. But it is easy to sigh. Few things are sadder than the truly monstrous. "

" Nothing could hurt her. She was a cork. No matter how rough the sea got, she would go dancing over the same waves that sank iron ships and tore away piers of reinforced concrete. He pictured her riding a tremendous sea. Wave after wave reared its ton on ton of solid water and crashed down only to have her spin gaily away "


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