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The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West - Penguin, 1963


Title: The Day of the Locust
Author: Nathanael West
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1963
Format: Softcover
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear, inscription and tanned pages.

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Reader's note

This Penguin paperback with an interesting cover design is a 1963 edition of The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West. This was his last novel which is set in Hollywood. Young Tom Hackett from Yale is attracted as an artist. A surface of high comedy seems to cover the doings of his unsuccessful friends in the city of dream-production: but a thin curtain keeps blowing aside to reveal, with unforgettable flashes of clarity, scenes of violence, despair, and mob hysteria. West, in this short novel, crossed some of the urbanity of Scott Fitzgerald with the toughness of Hemingway: as a result he put the guts of America during the depression on show beneath a cellophane wrapping.