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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This gem of a book speaks volumes about Los Angeles
In this wonderfully crafted mini-novel, Nathanael West captures the cultural essence of boomtown Los Angeles during its tumultuous adolescence. The dark, coarse, seamy side of the "California dream" is vividly portrayed here. The plot is not really the point in this period piece; the truth is in the characters and their always unfortunate interactions. For...
Published on 11 April 1999

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable due to terrible formatting
I Don't know if it's ju
st my kindle but
Like others I have a majo
r problem with the formatt
ing of this kindle edition. I
f you find this revie
w hard to read the
n don't bother buying thi
s product.
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3.0 out of 5 stars strange, 8 Feb 1999
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The Day of the Locust was required reading for me so that may be one of the reasons that I did read it. I did however find it easy to read and almost enjoyable. The story flows nicely, but the end of the book left me asking, "Why did I just waste my time reading that?"
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great, 1 Mar 1999
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The story was going so well. Characters were interesting and the sense of closure was near. Then ??? What happened? West needed to write another couple of chapters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled desire, 4 May 1999
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"Nothing short of violent rape would do" is Tod's line when he becomes frustrated with a whore's refusal to sleep with him. Violence is what this novel is abount. West is trying to warn us all about a society that is becoming so violent that the only entertainment is watching planes crash in a blazing heap from the sky. He dosen't take full of his oppurtunity, in my opinion this novel falls just a little bit short. West is a good writer but not a great writer.
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