Classics in Brief

Classics in Brief

These are the books you SHOULD have read… but didn’t. Or maybe you read them, but it was 20 years ago… and everything you learned 20 years ago took a backseat to figuring out your Friday night plans.

We get it. That’s why we’re introducing our newest book club, Classics in Brief. With the help of our super-well-read-and-educated staff (a.k.a. Co-Manager Wayne), we’re going to choose some of the great Classics of literature… all under 200 pages Just because you might not have time to read War and Peace doesn’t mean you can’t read ANY Tolstoy! Stay tuned as we work our way through a range of old and new classics that won’t monopolize your reading list!

What We're Reading: Miss Lonelyhearts & the Day of the Locust by Nathanael West

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 13th at 7:30pm

Miss Lonelyhearts & the Day of the Locust Cover Image
By Nathanael West, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811218221
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 23rd, 2009

During his years in Hollywood West wroteThe Day of the Locust, a study of the fragility of illusion. Many critics consider it with F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished masterpiece The Last Tycoon (1941) among the best novels written about Hollywood. Set in Hollywood during the Depression, the narrator, Tod Hackett, comes to California in the hope of a career as a painter for movie backdrops but soon joins the disenchanted second-rate actors, technicians, laborers and other characters living on the fringes of the movie industry. Tod tries to seduce Faye Greener; she is seventeen. Her protector is an old man named Homer Simpson. Tod finds work on a film called prophetically "The Burning of Los Angeles," and the dark comic tale ends in an apocalyptic mob riot outside a Hollywood premiere, as the system runs out of control.