12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This gem of a book speaks volumes about Los Angeles,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Day of the Locust (Signet classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
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 those who seek to understand the social history of southern California, this novel might be more useful than a half-dozen academic treatises.