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Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust (New Edition) (New Directions… (udgave 2009)

af Nathanael West

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"Miss Lonelyhearts -- compared by Flannery O'Connor to Faulkner's As I Lay Dying -- is about a newspaper reporter assigned to write the agony column, but, caught up in a vision of suffering, he seeks a way out (through art, sex, religion), only to be rebuffed at every turn by his cynical editor Shrike. The Day of the Locust -- considered by many to be the best novel ever written about Hollywood -- is about Tod Hackett, who hopes for a career in set design only to discover the boredom and emptiness of Hollywood's inhabitants. In the end, only blood will serve. The day of the locust is at hand ..."--Publisher's website.… (mere)
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Titel:Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust (New Edition) (New Directions Paperbook)
Forfattere:Nathanael West
Info:New Directions (2009), Edition: New Edition, Paperback, 208 pages
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Overall, the "grotesques" (as described by F. Scott Fitzgerald) in the books (two for one!) really cut through to describe the beginning of what I'd call late stage capitalism. I am, as ever, a fan of succinct wordplay, and the fact that you get so much character information and development in such short works makes these pieces masterful. I confess I almost gave these three stars because of some triggering sections, but perhaps that's the point? Now, I'll take each in turn, and below the reviews will be another section with my favorite quotes, because I can't not pull them.

Miss Lonelyhearts

In the words of Fall Out Boy (dare I!?), Miss Lonelyhearts has a "loony god complex." Women from across New York City write with truly terrible situations in which they are stuck largely because they are women. The only real options for them--to my mind--seem to be "do nothing" or "overturn the patriarchy." Cut back to Miss Lonelyhearts who can't unsee these terrible stories which haunt him, but perhaps because he is a "he" and because he is the (nonbelieving?) son of a preacher, he writes back with empty posturing. Miss Lonelyhearts is stuck in his own turmoil and I'm not sure if there is any saving to be done with anyone. An excellent, incredibly sad premise.

The Day of the Locust

In the words of Bonnie Tyler, "We're living in a powder keg giving off sparks." This is the Hollywood of the 1930s. People run to this sunny dreamworld only to be met with a fun house packed with temptation and uncertainty and failure. West describes Hollywood movie lots as a dumping grown of failed dreams, and you see that through the (failed and often gory) goals of the characters.

Miss Lonelyhearts Quote

A useful theory: “He sat in the window thinking. Man has a tropism for order. Keys in one pocket, change in another. Mandolins are tuned G D A E. The physical world has a tropism for disorder, entropy. Man against Nature … the battle of the centuries. Keys yearn to mix with change. Mandolins strive to get out of tune. Every order has within it the germ of destruction. All order is doomed, yet the battle is worthwhile.”

The Day of the Locust Quotes

A key description: "He crossed the bridge and followed a little path that ended at a Greek temple dedicated to Eros. The god himself lay face downward in a pile of old newspapers and bottles.
From the steps of the temple, he could see in the distance a road lined with Lombardy poplars. It was the one on which he had lost the cuirassiers. He pushed his way through a tangle of briars, old flats and iron junk, skirting the skeleton of a Zeppelin, a bamboo stockade, an adobe fort, the wooden horse of Troy, a flight of baroque palace stairs that started in a bed of weeds and ended against the branches of an oak, part of the Fourteenth Street elevated station, a Dutch windmill, the bones of a dinosaur, the upper half of the Merrimac, a corner of a Mayan temple, until he finally reached the road."


On 1930s Hollywood churches: He spent his nights at the different Hollywood churches, drawing the worshipers. He visited the “Church of Christ, Physical” where holiness was attained through the constant use of chestweights and spring grips; the “Church Invisible” where fortunes were told and the dead made to find lost objects; the “Tabernacle of the Third Coming” where a woman in male clothing preached the “Crusade Against Salt”; and the “Temple Moderne” under whose glass and chromium roof “Brain-Breathing, the Secret of the Aztecs” was taught.

Another theory: Tod didn’t laugh at the man’s rhetoric. He knew it was unimportant. What mattered were his messianic rage and the emotional response of his hearers. They sprang to their feet, shaking their fists and shouting.

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  amysueagnes | Feb 21, 2020 |
Miss Lonelyhearts is the best novella I've ever read. ( )
  Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
ספר לא רע בכלל על השוליים של הוליווד בתקופה שאחרי המלחמה. אוסף של טיפוסים תמהוניים שעסוקים בלנסות לפתות כוכבנית זנזונת בשם פיי ובשאר הזמן להיות אלימים כפי שכנראה רק אמריקנים יכולים. ( )
  amoskovacs | Mar 5, 2019 |
This is a book about horrible people being horrible to each other.

These two novels (more like novellas by modern standards) are considered classics. Miss Lonelyhearts was made into multiple movies and even an opera; Day of the Locust was made into a movie and was later dubbed one of the best books of the 20th century. That's a sad statement about the century. In any case, the movie versions must have radically changed elements from the books, as they both feature bleak tones and existential dilemmas and persistent sex, along with cruel characters who can't keep their pants on.

Miss Lonelyhearts follows the titular Miss Lonelyhearts, a man who writes answers for an advice column. He mocks the people who come to him for help, while he's an even sadder sap who hangs out with men who discuss why women should be gang raped.

The Day of the Locust takes place in 1930s Hollywood, and I was able to get some research notes out of that--thank goodness, this thing wasn't a total waste of time! Tod is a painter for a studio, but very little of the story is on actual Hollywood. Instead, Tod obsesses over a neighbor women, Faye, and repeatedly daydreams about raping her. I am not exaggerating. To quote page 107: "Nothing less than violent rape would do." Tod even gets drunk and shows up at the funeral for Faye's father, where he then tries to rape her. (Note: don't be Tod.) And yet he keeps getting turned down by her, and calls her a slut a few times, too.

Really, these two novels remind of when I read slush for a magazine, and how so many stories were of men taking revenge on shrewish women. I rejected those stories. I reject these two novels/novellas, too. I enjoy a good anti-hero. I don't mind dark stories. But these are pretentious and obnoxious. There are female main characters in both, but all of them are regarded as sexual objects to be pinched, humped, or raped. They serve no other purpose.

I will not subject myself to any more of West's works. ( )
  ladycato | Nov 27, 2018 |
Oh my god, read these. Please. SO good. If these books don't make you feel something you are not a real person. ( )
  Katie80 | Oct 8, 2018 |
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The Miss Lonelyhearts of the New York Post-Dispatch (Are you in trouble?--Do-you-need-advice?--Write-to-Miss-Lonelyhearts-and-she-will-help-you) say at his desk and stared at a piece of white cardboard.
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“Perhaps I can make you understand. Let’s start from the beginning. A man is hired to give advice to the readers of a newspaper. The job is a circulation stunt and the whole staff considers it a joke. He welcomes the job, for it might lead to a gossip column, and anyway he’s tired of being a leg man. He too considers the job a joke, but after several months at it, the joke begins to escape him. He sees that the majority of the letters are profoundly humble pleas for moral and spiritual advice, and they are inarticulate expressions of genuine suffering. He also discovers that his correspondents take him seriously. For the first time in his life, he is forced to examine the values by which he lives. This examination shows him that he is the victim of the joke and not its perpetrator.”

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"Miss Lonelyhearts -- compared by Flannery O'Connor to Faulkner's As I Lay Dying -- is about a newspaper reporter assigned to write the agony column, but, caught up in a vision of suffering, he seeks a way out (through art, sex, religion), only to be rebuffed at every turn by his cynical editor Shrike. The Day of the Locust -- considered by many to be the best novel ever written about Hollywood -- is about Tod Hackett, who hopes for a career in set design only to discover the boredom and emptiness of Hollywood's inhabitants. In the end, only blood will serve. The day of the locust is at hand ..."--Publisher's website.

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