2007: 37. & 36. Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust 

“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) sat at his desk and stared at a piece of white cardboard”

Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust, Nathaniel West 

My copy contained both novels in one, and I read them all together, so I am blogging about them in one fell swoop, although technically, Miss Lonelyhearts should have been book 26, since I finished in February.  I was not really a fan of either story, although both sounded right up my alley.

Miss Lonelyhearts is (allegedly) a black comedy about a newspaper advice columnist who can’t handle the misery anymore, The Day of the Locust is a dark satire of the emptiness of Hollywood.  Both sound interesting, both were actually extremely depressing. I hadn’t been prepared for the style of the books, either - they are written in a modernist style which does nothing for me (not quite Virginia Woolf, but not straightforward storytelling either).  I really forced myself to finish both, and thought, despite the fact that they are considered classics, that they were both grim nasty little books.  Blergh.

Recommended for:  Professional advice columnists and Hollywood failures who want to read depressing books about their lives.

Date/Place Completed: 2/26/07 (ML); 3/19/07 (DotL), D.C.

Categories:  Fiction; Modern Library Project

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