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The Day of the Locust is often described as the best novel ever written about Hollywood

The Day of the Locust is often described as the best novel ever written about Hollywood

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The Day of the Locust  is often described as the best novel ever written about Hollywood, but it is a  novel which puzzles some readers who expect a story about glamorous and talented performers or  about successful filmmakers. West, however, deliberately kept such people at the fringes of his  action, where they serve only as false ideals to his characters. Rather, he portrays the seamier side  of Hollywood, a world peopled by untalented would-be actors, rundown vaudeville performers,  prostitutes, and  é migr é s from the rest of America, all who have come expecting excitement along  with the California sunshine. Tod Hackett, the novel's most important character, does not quite  belong to any of these types; thus, he can function as both observer of them and as an outsider who  is sucked into Hollywood's fantasy world. Tod is flanked by Homer Simpson, an inept, emotionally 
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