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Publisher's Summary

Admired by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, and Dashiell Hammett, and hailed as one of the best 100 English-language novels by Time magazine, The Day of the Locust continues to influence American writers, artists, and culture. Bob Dylan wrote the classic song "Day of the Locusts" in homage, and Matt Groening's Homer Simpson is named after one of its characters. No novel more perfectly captures the nuttier side of Hollywood. Here the lens is turned on its fringes-actors out of work, film extras with big dreams, and parents lining their children up for small roles. But it's the bit actress Faye Greener who steals the spotlight with her wildly convoluted dreams of stardom: "I'm going to be a star some day - if I'm not I'll commit suicide."

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Even Grover Gardner’s narration could not save this book. I struggled to finish the book because I don’t like to quit a book but it never improved.

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Dark humor in this book matches the movie. A good listen for horror deep within all of us

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great writing, bleak story

if you're a seeker of redeeming virtue, a tolerable ending, some kind of value created, this is not the book for you. I loved the writing and plot, but in the end, found this so bleak.

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Depressing

I managed to finish ten chapters of this dreary book in which West seems incapable of editing the mundane in the early chapters. The tedious description of discardable events does not inspire the reader that future chapters will somehow rise even to the level of mild interest. I simply lost hope during the visit by the old guy who was selling some kind of polish as if he learned his sales technique from Willy Loman. My time at literature is too valuable to be wasted with a washed up hotel bookkeeper whose personal balance sheet needs an audit.

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A Barely Listenable Tale of an Ugly Society

If West really survived in the Society he creates in this tale it’s a wonder he didn’t put a gun in his mouth. It did cross this reader’s mind.

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Okay, okay, you've convinced me…

"Hollywood is shallow and artificial!!" I guess this was news to people in 1939, but now that we're 80 years into this trope, the message does get a bit-heavy handed and dull. There are really no observations here that seem particularly fresh or astute. It's not that I disagree with the author's point of view, but the whole story's only objective is to beat this long-dead horse.
Regarding the narrator, I have heard marvelous performances from Grover Gardner, but this one feels very "phoned-in."

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