Re: RARA-AVIS: Day of the Locusts

Date: 11 Aug 2006

Jack wrote (and Mr T seconded):

"Having read this again within the past few months, it struck me as more surrealistic than realistic."

It's been a long, long time since I've read this book. It was one of my favorites of classics I was assigned. Thanks for reminding me that I really need to re-read it.

Anyway, I know you're both using surrealistic in its common usage (and in that vein, I totally agree), not the art historical (not that Breton, et al, ever truly agreed on its meaning in that realm, and would probably be offended that I'm reducing it to being just an art movement). However, I've always pictured the ending on the book in terms of other, more American styles of art. I believe that scene could have been perfectly rendered by Paul Cadmus or Thomas Hart Benton or George Bellows.


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