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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Day of the Locust

Book #42 on my list was The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West.

DotL is a novel that shreds the celebrity obsessed culture of Hollywood...only it was written in 1939. Prescient, aye? Seventy years later I wonder what West would think about the blog-o-sphere and Tod Hackett's "The Burning of Los Angeles"?

And yes it does have a character named Homer Simpson which may or may not be the origin of Matt Groening's character's name. So it's got that going for it...

Wikipedia
Blog Critics review
Time's 100 Best Novels
Excerpt

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