RARA-AVIS: Re: Day of the Locusts

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 11 Aug 2006

West is a very attractive writer. Even in his most noir fictions he maintains a certain charm, a certain delight in words. Very precise writer, with the punch more diluted than is common in pulpsters. I have enjoyed all his books, especially Miss Lonelyhearts (hell of a dark read, once you start to get the point of it). I agree that Locust is surrealistic (and brutal in that the protagonist's situation is unbearable to start with and only gets worse as the novel progresses). I recently saw the movie (not seen since it came out many years ago) and found it very strong, excellently acted, with a beautifully cheesy recreation of the era. It, too, has surrealistic elements.



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