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Book Title: A Cool Million. Desmontando a Lemuel Pitkin|
The author of the book: Nathanael West
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 343 KB
Edition: Gallo Nero
Date of issue: 2011
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Read full description of the books A Cool Million. Desmontando a Lemuel Pitkin:Lemuel Pitkin abandona su tranquilo pueblo en el Vermont y sale en busca de fortuna. América, eso le han dicho, es el país de las oportunidades.
Honesto e ingenuo, el pobre Lemuel es estafado por toda clase de buscavidas y su carrera hacia el triunfo adquiere tintes más bien dramáticos. Sus desventuras se suceden sin posibilidad de un final feliz, un sinfín de desgracias recae sobre su cabeza pero él sigue haciendo gala de un inquebrantable optimismo.
A Cool Million que Harold Bloom describirá como “una imperecedera sátira americana”, es un antídoto contra la ingenuidad y contra las engañosas luces del sueño americano.
Uno de los libros más divertidos y despiadados de la literatura norteamericana, cómico y frenético, es una crítica feroz a la naciente sociedad de consumo, a sus engaños y a su frialdad.
Read information about the authorBorn Nathanael von Wallenstein Weinstein to prosperous Jewish parents; from the first West set about creating his own legend, and anglicising his name was part of that process. At Brown University in New York, he befriended writer and humourist S. J. Perelman (who later married his sister), and started writing and drawing cartoons. As his cousin Nathan Wallenstein also attended Brown, West took to borrowing his work and presenting it as his own. He almost didn't graduate at all, on account of failing a crucial course in modern drama. West indulged in a little dramatics of his own and, in tearful contrition, convinced a gullible professor to upgrade his marks.
After spending a couple of years in Paris, where he wrote his first novel, The Dream Life of Balso Snell, he returned to New York, where he managed (badly by all accounts) a small hotel, the Sutton, owned by his family. As well as providing free board for struggling friends like Dashiell Hammett, the job also gave West ample opportunity to observe the strange collection of misfits and drifters who congregated in the hotel's drugstore. Some of these would appear in West's novel Miss Lonelyhearts.
West spent the rest of his days in Hollywood, writing B-movie screenplays for small studios and immersing himself in the unglamorous underworld of Tinseltown, with its dope dealers, extras, gangsters, whores and has-beens. All would end up in West's final masterpiece, The Day of the Locust.
West's life ultimately ended as tragically as his fictions. Recently married, and with better-paid script work coming in, West was happy and successful. Then, returning from a trip to Mexico with his wife Eileen, he crashed his car after ignoring a stop sign and killed them both. This was just one day after the death of his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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