The Day of the Locust

The Day of the Locust

The Dream Life of Balso Snell

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These two novellas demonstrate the fragility of the American dream, from two very different perspectives. In The Day of the Locust , talented young artist Tod Hackett has been brought to Hollywood to work in the design department of a major studio. He discovers a surreal world of tarnished dreams, where violence and hysteria lurk behind even the most glittering facade. Liberty and freedom have been turned into a bizarre nightmare in The Dream Life of Balso Snell , which focuses on the personal despair and disintegration of its protagonist, the poet Balso.
' The Day of the Locust ... remains the best of the Hollywood novels, a nightmare vision of humanity destroyed by its obsession with film.'
J. G. Ballard, Sunday Times
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2000
ISBN: 9780141182889
Branch Call Number: WEST
Characteristics: 234 p. ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Dream life of Balso Snell

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