Reading Response #15 - Brian Lau English 200 D Andrew...

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Brian Lau English 200 D Andrew McNair 5/16/07 Reading Response #15 Nathanel West’s “The Dream Life of Balso Snell” is definitely a hard book to follow. In fact, this novella does not seem to be a book at all in the sense that there is not really a story. There are only random stories of past events or dreams that do not tell us anything about who he truly is. I think he may have some sort of mental disorder. All we know is that Balso Snell enters the wooden horse of Troy and has dreams within dreams. This character is unlike any that we have encountered so far, and so, I can only describe him as a person who thinks there is something very wrong with the world. I say this because Nathanel West brings in, for example, stories that mock real life experiences. For example, West mentions a story about Moses and the Burning Bush. West mocks this story by saying that the “‘Good wine needs no bush’; and how the Bush insolently replied, ‘A hand in the bush is worth two in the pocket.’” This is not how the
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