The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West

"The Day of the Locust" is a novel set in 1930s Hollywood, portraying the dark side of the American dream through the lives of its desperate characters. The protagonist, a young artist from the East Coast, finds himself disillusioned by the superficiality and decay of Hollywood society, which is filled with failed actors, charlatans, and lost souls. The narrative culminates in a violent riot, symbolizing the destructive power of frustrated dreams and the harsh reality of the American dream.

The 327th greatest book of all time


Published
1939
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
160-180
Words
50,000
Original Language
English

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