Miss Lonelyhearts and A Cool Million

Miss Lonelyhearts and A Cool Million Miss Lonelyhearts published in is Nathanael West s second novel It is an Expressionist black comedy set in New York City during the Great Depression Money and fame meant nothing to them They we

  • Title: Miss Lonelyhearts and A Cool Million
  • Author: Nathanael West
  • ISBN: 9780141184685
  • Page: 378
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  • Miss Lonelyhearts, published in 1933, is Nathanael West s second novel It is an Expressionist black comedy set in New York City during the Great Depression Money and fame meant nothing to them They were not worldly men Wildly funny, desperately sad, brutal and kind, furious and patient, there was no other like Nathanael West Dorothy Parker

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    1. Sometimes we are deprived of good works by the untimely death of a brilliant young author. Other times we heap underserved praise upon the works of authors because they die young. Alas, the latter is the case with Miss Lonelyhearts. Rather than being a brilliant exploration of the philosophical and moral quagmire and emotional devastation of living on the seamy underbelly of city life as so many reviewers have exhorted, Miss Lonelyhearts is a hodgepodge of uneven, unfinished thoughts by an autho [...]

    2. There seems to be a distinct slice of fancy-pants literature in which mopey people mope about, do mopey stuff, and generally bemoan the lack of motivation that leads them to mopery. I’m thinking here of The Magus and The End of the Affair. In this case, West’s novel focuses on the eponymous hero, an advice columnist beset by depression under the weight of the letters he receives daily. He slumps around, unable to do what he thinks right, and stuck in the rut of drinking, joyless debauchery, [...]

    3. Having written four books, Nathanael West died in 1940. His best known novel, Miss Lonelyhearts, was published in 1933. Miss Lonelyhearts is a bitter and somewhat callous New York City newspaperman who spends day after day reading letters from desperate readers and answering them in his advice column. Puritanical and Christ-obsessed, he is harassed by his editor, Shrike, who mocks him at every opportunity. The short novel is a parody, as calloused and bitter as Miss Lonelyhearts himself. Deeply [...]

    4. It seems I've given too many five-star ratings lately, but what can I say? I keep picking great books. Nathanael West's high reputation rests on a less than prolific output, including this very short novella - easily readable in just a few hours, but not quite as fast a read as you might think due to the intricacies of West's analogies and language and expressionistic allusions, quite a few of which are way out there and deserve pondering. After reading this and "Day of the Locust" I have to agr [...]

    5. There's something horrible about this book, in the way that Miss Lonelyhearts goes through the motions of humanity. He's got an almost robotic quality, as if his programming instructed him to try on a series of masks, logically discarding one when it proved not to fit. Miss Lonelyhearts is the man who answers the Dear Abby letters for his newspaper. Each day he is greeted by a stack of papers upon which the essence of human suffering are written. He responds in every way possible through out the [...]

    6. The Pole Riders Win AgainThird, maybe fourth, time that I've read this novelette. All within this lifetime, mind you, so there's no Shirley MacLaine-type Past Lives Pavilion New Age Spirituality Transcendental Meditation Exploration going on here.And if there were, I'd probably be on my eighth reading of the novelette.Anyway, I've read the thing several times because I simply love it. Not because I'm a dimwitted former member of parliament.In fact, I'm still a member of parliament.This is a grea [...]

    7. What a bizarre book. Maybe it's that it was written so long ago, but I just found so many of the dialogue, scenes, and situations so strange that I didn't get people's responses to anything about 95% of the time.

    8. I’m going to need some whiskey and gin now, please.Well-written and deeply cynical and a little too much even for me, right now.

    9. A stunning and stark journey into the pit of darkness, this is a book one can hardly put down even though the train wreck of a conclusion is observable from the beginning.

    10. This book was not at all what I expected, especially the identity of Miss Lonelyhearts, but I liked it a lot. The tone reminds me a bit of Invisible Man--sort of detached and ironic.

    11. Miss LonelyheartsThe story is allegorical. As is common with the allegorical form, it uses religion. The trouble with a lonelyhearts newspaper column is the sort of crossing the proscenium arch between art and life - a newspaper column and people's real life problems. There's a dual negative/positive that that involves. On one hand, the positive of allowing one to talk to a stranger about their problems, just getting it off their chest, or a cry for help, albeit to an anonymous stranger (Miss Lo [...]

    12. Written during the Depression, these two novellas carry similar themes, but are written in very different styles. Miss Lonelyhearts tells of a newspaper columnist who writes an advice column. Despite the moniker, he's male. He thinks of himself as a Christ-like figure to his readers, yet he struggles about believing in Christ, and his fluffy generalisations about life seem unequal to the real burdens of his writers. His boss Shrike is a cynic, treating the whole column as a money-making joke. Mi [...]

    13. My coming to know Nathanael West was like rounding a corner and accidentally running smack into a stranger who thereafter instantly becomes your best friend. I knew almost nothing about him before picking up this greying little 100 page book for a dollar at Black Oak. When I'd finished it a couple of days later, I was in love!Nathanael West was born Nathan Weinstein in 1903 in Manhattan. A wealthy but iconoclastic child, Nathan dropped out of high school and got into Tufts University by forging [...]

    14. I must say at the outset that I've read this novel (or novella) one and a half times. Several years ago I decided to take Harold Bloom (a well known literary critic) at his word and discover the merits of this work.Well, I got close to half-way through, was aware that I was getting very depressed and decided that there was too much other stuff I wanted to read that didn't put me in a down mood. Plus, I was going through some really tough things in my personal life that I think accounted my mood. [...]

    15. I made a promise to myself that I woudl actively work toward reading all of the books listed on the 1001 books to read before you die list. Sometimes I’ve pouted through the books and then there are times where the list leads me to a new author and gem that I would have missed completely.Miss Lonelyhearts is Nathanael West’s most famous book, through really, it is a novella. Miss Lonelyhearts is the nickname for the advice columnist for a magazine. (the reader never finds out Miss Lonelyhear [...]

    16. Miss Lonelyhearts was not a story I enjoyed. However, a story does not have to be enjoyed to qualify as a significant piece of writing. I am discovering Nathaniel West a bit late and am somewhat fascinated by his work. Writing in the midst of one of America's darker chapterse Great DepressionWest employs the spare and dark prose a reader might more readily expect from a post-modern, post-God, contemporary nihilist. Crisis eras bring out both the best and worst qualities in people. West's focus i [...]

    17. I would say this novella is more like a 3 1/2 but won't allow it. This is one of those works that tells about a place in time and a certain sense of loneliness that seems timeless that never seemed to get its due recognition.Miss Lonelyhearts ia actually a man who must answer the advice letters that come into the paperd these letters enlist is help in every topic that seems imaginable. Meanwhile, Miss Lonelyhearts himself is ensnared in his own problems, namely the adulterous situation he finds [...]

    18. Nathanael West’s “Miss Lonelyhearts” is a story of dysfunction. The novella is divided into fragmented pieces, each composed of perverted, collapsing systems. West introduces commonplace patterns of order only to grotesquely destabilize each. He destroys nearly every social and personal structure of humanity, perverting relationships, bodies, even aspects as fundamental as gender distinction. West’s language, too, is a broken system. His disjointed narrative lacks a definite beginning or [...]

    19. Nathanael West was killed in a car crash in 1940, at the age of 37. He left behind him a very small body of work – one short novel and three novellas. He was virtually unknown during his lifetime but his reputation has grown steadily since his death. His best-known work is probably his novella Miss Lonelyhearts. Miss Lonelyhearts is a man who writes an advice column for a New York newspaper. The endless parade of human misery and meaningless suffering that he encounters no longer merely depres [...]

    20. all is good at the clover clubcliff and i have made amendsi am now willing and able (and excited) to give him my money in exchange for his company's reasonably priced cocktailsreally dark book about this pagliacci slash dear abby advice columnist type (un)named (and male) "miss lonelyhearts." ML is slowly overwhelmed by the impossible sadness and flat-out evil his readers count among their problems. maybe my favorite kind of christ figure, because he *really* wants to be a christ figure, and is [...]

    21. Miss Lonelyhearts is the Dear Abby of her day during America’s Great Depression. But Miss Lonelyhearts is a he, not a she, and that’s only the beginning of the ways Miss Lonelyhearts deceives her readers. Though he feels pity for his readers and their terrible lives, Miss Lonelyhearts has little to offer to help them. Oddly, the most disturbed character in the book is Miss Lonelyhearts himself. He obsesses over the troubles of his readers but no one is able to help him. His editor doesn’t [...]

    22. Published in 1933, this short work by the author of THE DAY OF THE LOCUST shares a strikingly similar tone of despair and desperation with its Hollywood-focused counterpart, yet has its own unique voice, as well. The protagonist, referred to only by the name of his newspaper column, Miss Lonelyhearts, is drawn by Nathanael West as a pathetic yet endearingly earnest man, who strives to uplift the world of others as an attempt to improve the fortune of his own life. Unfortunately, he fails at ever [...]

    23. Good book. I like my comedy like I like my coffee: black and bitter. My only problem with this novel(la?) is that West mocks our self-absorbed society but then doesn't offer an alternative to the illusory pleasure of modern life. Miss Lonelyhearts was one of Flannery O'Connor's favorite books. I can see the similarity between O'Connor and West. They are both dark humorists. They both concede that most of what we chase after in life is vanity and foolishness. But at least O'Connor offers us a way [...]

    24. Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts is one of the most brutal satires ever written, and, unlike many of the best satires, it is also a successful drama. West's tale of the titular newspaper advice columnist (actually a man, whose name is never given) seems to encompass the whole range of human discontent. The laughs come often, but they are joyless; the book is quite bitter indeed and the jokes cut like razors. The abundant suffering chronicled in the book is contrasted with the strange (and some [...]

    25. Miss Lonelyhearts was packaged with the copy of The Day of the Locust that I purchased, so I felt obliged to read it as well. And with a 65 page length, it was easily read in a couple of sittings. It is the story of a man who answers the Miss Lonelyheart letters at a New York paper during the depression. Initially, he is self-absorbed and sees the job as a joke. But as he reads and answers more letters, he develops a need to "save" the desperate letter writers. The theme of salvation and religio [...]

    26. Better, I say unto you, better a live bird in the jungle of the body than two stuffed birds on the library table.When to the suddenness of melody the echo parting falls the failing day.Tod recognized the music. His mother often played a piano adaptation of it on Sundays at home. It very politely asked Christ to come, in clear and honest tones with just the proper amount of supplication. The God it invited was not the King of Kings, but a shy and gentle Christ, a maiden surrounded by maidens, and [...]

    27. *Review of Miss Lonelyhearts*I enjoyed the premise for this one - an advice columnist becomes jaded and depressed by the sheer volume and weight of misery he is sent from desperate New Yorkers on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it really did not deliver. For me, it was just badly written with really overblown and irritating use of metaphors and symbols. The style is apparently labelled as 'Expressionist' so I understand that it is deliberately experimental but it just isn't good. I had to force my [...]

    28. Last week, a Jeopardy! question was "Who is Nathanael West?" which gave me an itch to revisit this book I last (and first) read back in 1997. I honestly hadn't thought about the book in that time. Thirteen years was not long enough. Ugh. What an utterly lousy book.Don't get me wrong, West can turn a phrase -- a lot of his imagery is great. Like this from page 1:"And on most days he received more than thirty letters, all of them alike, stamped from the dough of suffering with a heart-shaped cooki [...]

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