The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West audiobook

The Day of the Locust

By Nathanael West
Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Publishing 9780811224611
5.37 Hours Unabridged
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Admired by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, and Dashiell Hammett, and hailed as one of the best one hundred English-language novels by Time 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.”

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Summary

Summary

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

A New York Times Pick of Books to Binge-Read before the Oscars

Admired by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, and Dashiell Hammett, and hailed as one of the best one hundred English-language novels by Time 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.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is the Hollywood that needs telling about. It’s a fine job. I got a kick out of it.” Dashiell Hammett, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“It’s brilliant, savage, and arresting—a truly good novel.” Dorothy Parker, New York Times bestselling author
“West’s humor is of course not at the expense of the victim. It is a horselaugh at a world that is too ugly and bitter to be dealt with in any other way.” New York Times
“Los Angeles has been the subject of, and setting for, many fine novels, yet The Day of the Locust still feels like the single best-achieved piece of fiction the city has inspired.” Los Angeles Times
“West’s Day of the Locust, a sun-blazed Polaroid of its time, seems permanently oracular.” Jonathan Lethem, award–winning author of Motherless Brooklyn
“Narrator Grover Gardner expertly portrays a wide cast of characters who live on the margins of 1930s Hollywood in this prescient novel…Listeners will both chuckle and grimace at Gardner’s uncanny ability to mine the humor, pathos, and callousness of characters who range from shrewd aspiring actress Faye Greener to socially awkward Midwestern accountant Homer Simpson and obnoxious child actor Adore Loomis. The story is presented in vignettes, moving from one overlapping set of characters to another until a fuller picture emerges of those who see themselves as being cheated out of a secure and loving future.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 11/26/2018
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The everpresent dark side of Hollywood dreams.

This is indeed a Babylonian tale, where Hollywood and all its smoke and mirrors can’t hide the fact that more dreams are broken than made. As read by Grover Gardner with a film noir delivery for these many diverse characters, one is taken aback by Nathanael West’s ability to compress into a short novel so much of the pain and sorrow of movieland’s abyss for the many. If you are bored with the usual depiction of the California dreamland, this will perhaps set your understanding straight. The great American novel is apparent. Highly recommended.

Author

Author Bio: Nathanael West

Author Bio: Nathanael West

Nathanael West (1903–1940)—novelist, screenwriter, playwright—was one of the most gifted and original writers of his generation, a comic artist whose insight into the brutalities of modern life would prove prophetic. He is famous for two masterpieces, Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust. He died in a car crash in 1940, while returning to Los Angeles to attend the funeral of his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 5.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English