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

– tekijä: 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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust (New Edition) (New Directions Paperbook)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 33) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Dark, spare novella - almost feels like a sketch for a longer work. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
# First "review" #

Finally getting around to this little nail-bomb of a book that I've had shoved in my face almost every time I've read a book that has anything to do with American literature. I knew it was considered to be a searing work but I don't think I was quite ready for this caliber of laceration. West manages to parade the whole spectrum of human emotion and questioning on the edge of a cold, glinting razor. The unnamed character behind the Miss Lonelyhearts persona represents the Christian who struggles under the weight of the missives of suffering that bear down on his life. Playing counterpoint to Miss Lonelyhearts is his boss, Mr. Shrike, who symbolizes the hedonism of the pagan Renaissance humanist: "'Forget the crucifixion, remember the Renaissance'" he tell his underling (5). In roughly fifty-eight pages, we follow Miss Lonelyhearts as he plunges into despair and, as the final subheading tells us, has a religious experience (surely one of the most poetically shattering of endings). West certainly goes for viscera in this one, though he isn't above a little Pynchonian slapstick comedy (forgive the anachronism). "Men have always fought their misery with dreams. Although dreams were once powerful, they have been made puerile by the movies, radio and newspapers" (39). On this stance, we get a story ripped free of the puerility of dreams.

# Second "review" #

I think I may need to start making MISS LONELYHEARTS mandatory quarterly reading. There were so many new things that I missed on my first read. I cannot believe how much West packed into 57 pages. This is a masterclass on short story writing that is both artistic and meaningful--it excels at aesthetics and content. I think I'll make a video talking about it soon. ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
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 |
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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.
Around quitting time, Tod Hackett heard a great din on the road outside his office.
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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.”

(Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts)
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This work contains both Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust. Do not combine with entries for either work alone.
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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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