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The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
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Nov 09, 2009

it was ok

I had heard this book referenced so many times, usually when people are talking crap about Hollywood, that I thought I would finally read it and see what all the fuss is about. Although I did find it amusing that many of the same caricatures are as alive today as they were back in the 30's (right down to people following raw food diets), I found the book to be a bit shallow. Maybe it's hard to write in depth about shallow people (or maybe that's the point), but I found myself really not caring how the book ended. Or again, maybe living in LA, we've seen how these people's lives play out over and over again, so there's really no suspense. Overall, "meh".
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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I know what you mean! I found the stereotypes and shallowness a little grating as well. Although I like the apocalypse-y vibe and I love the line "At this time Tod knew very little about them except that they had come to California to die." I drew on that for my L.A.-based novel so it clearly stuck with me :)

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