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The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
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Aug 22, 2010

it was amazing

Miss Lonelyhearts felt like it was written very easily. I like that in a book. You can feel that the author had fun, even if the subject matter is bleak.

Day of the Locust feels much more difficult. I got the idea that West was just moving from image to image, maybe images that he'd had in his dreams, or that occurred to him in the course of deep meditation on his subject: civilian (non-celebrity) life in Hollywood at the end of the Depression. I'm giving it five stars because I think it's entirely worth it to pull yourself through as a reader, and because the plot won't pull you through, necessarily. The images are correct. In addition to being a great novel about Hollywood, it's also a great novel about a painter.
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