The Day of the Locust

The Day of the Locust

Book - 2015
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Admired by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, and Dashiell Hammett, and hailed as one of the "Best 100 English-language novels" byTime magazine,The Day of the Locust continues to influence American writers, artists, and culture. Bob Dylan wrote the classic song "Day of the Locusts" in homage and Matt Groening's Homer Simpson is named after one of its characters. No novel more perfectly captures the nuttier side of Hollywood. Here the lens is turned on its fringes -- actors out of work, film extras with big dreams, and parents lining their children up for small roles. But it's the bit actress Faye Greener who steals the spotlight with her wildly convoluted dreams of stardom: "I'm going to be a star some day--if I'm not I'll commit suicide."
Publisher: New York : New Directions Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9780811224611
Branch Call Number: WEST N
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 18 cm.


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Mar 28, 2021

Excellent portrayal of the dark side of Hollywood in the 1930's. I highly recommend the book and the film: The Day of the Locust (1975) Director: John Schlesinger Stars: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith Kristi & Abby Tabby

wilstyles Aug 01, 2011

A dark look at life in Hollywood in the 30s, reading this novel is like watching a movie in your mind. It was also West's last full book before his untimely death in a car accident (killing him and his wife) on they're way back to town after hearing of F. Scott Fitzgerald's death.


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