Miss Lonelyhearts

Miss Lonelyhearts

Nathanael West Harold Bloom / Apr 06, 2020

Miss Lonelyhearts As described by Atkinson in the NY Times A scornful feature editor of a newspaper picks an ambitious young reporter to conduct the advice of the lovelorn column Ambitious opportunistic Miss Lonelyhe

  • Title: Miss Lonelyhearts
  • Author: Nathanael West Harold Bloom
  • ISBN: 9780811220934
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • As described by Atkinson in the NY Times A scornful feature editor of a newspaper picks an ambitious young reporter to conduct the advice of the lovelorn column Ambitious, opportunistic, Miss Lonelyhearts, as the conductor of the column is inevitably dubbed, begins with contempt of the correspondents and confidence in his own cleverness As time goes on, the genuineneAs described by Atkinson in the NY Times A scornful feature editor of a newspaper picks an ambitious young reporter to conduct the advice of the lovelorn column Ambitious, opportunistic, Miss Lonelyhearts, as the conductor of the column is inevitably dubbed, begins with contempt of the correspondents and confidence in his own cleverness As time goes on, the genuineness of the agony in the letters that come in gets under the skin of the columnist He is distressed to find himself presiding over a monstrous swindle For he is an idealist in collision with humanity, as his diabolical managing editor expresses it.

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      • Nathanael West Harold Bloom

        Born 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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    1. This is a great little novel, so compelling and disturbing that I have trouble writing about it. I have read it three times, at least, and each time it gets stranger and stranger.It's subject is an advice columnist--hence the name "Miss Lonelyhearts"--who is going insane under the weight of his disordered life and the burden of the letters from desperate souls that is piled on his desk every morning, It is unique in its elliptical development, its harsh realism vergin on nightmare, and its emoti [...]


    2. This is another book that has disappeared from my shelves. GR insist on treating each instance of this as though I might have deleted the book 'by accident' or it's a one-off bug, but I have lost a lot of books and I'm not the only one. I suspect it has something to do with either librarians combining books or changing the names of authors, correcting them. But I can't quite work out how. However I can't think of any other actions that would affect just the odd book and not a lot of books wholes [...]


    3. Don’t be misled by the title and the cover. This short book takes a hard look at serious human issues. Published in 1933 during the “Great Depression”, Miss Lonelyhearts is a dark comedy making light of readers problems. The unnamed narrator and writer of the column is a man. The newspaper considered the advice column a joke, and so did the writer at first. He sums it up best in a conversation with a lady friend, and I’m paraphrasing here. “After a time he doesn’t consider the column [...]


    4. Choosing Your PoisonA story of relentless, universal, even cosmic failure. Every character is a failure: as writer, poet, husband, wife, journalist, and most importantly, follower of Jesus Christ. All are "stamped with the dough of suffering," demonstrate a sort of extreme frustration-neurosis, and are demoralised. Failure provokes cruelty and hatefulness: men dislike each other; men despise women, and gay men only slightly less; women manipulate men when they can; they ignore them when they can [...]


    5. Book Circle Reads 100Rating: 4.75* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Praised by great writers from Flannery O'Conner to Jonathan Lethem, Miss Lonelyhearts is an American classic. A newspaper reporter assigned to write the agony column in the depths of the Great Depression seeks respite from the poor souls who send in their sad letters, only to be further tormented by his viciously cynical editor, Shrike. This single volume of Miss Lonelyhearts features its original Alvin Lustig jacket design, as well a [...]


    6. اسم الرواية الأصلي: Miss lonely hearts بأعجوبة ما أصبحت ترجمة اسم العمل : الآنسة القلوب الوحيدة :|يعني بجد؟ ليه؟ يرضي مين دا طيب؟ ****************************“He read it for the same reason an animal tears at a wounded foot: to hurt the pain.” هذا الاقتباس هو ما دفعني لقراءة العملوالغلافجائزة أجمل غلاف من قراءات العام تذهب إليهاقصة [...]


    7. A popular notion that makes the rounds on Facebook goes something like this: Life doesn't come with a remote. If you don't like something, get up off your (couch) and change it.Last Sunday's Prickly City comic strip expressed it this way:"I was wondering: Why do you let bad things happen?""Why do you let bad things happen""Touché." Prickly City, August 9, 2015But, what if one is confronted with horrific circumstances way beyond one's pay grade? And really believes it's one's personal responsibi [...]


    8. Charged with Meaning; Lefty Leaning"I don't really like to stop the show But I thought that you might like to know That the singer's going to sing a song And he wants you all to sing along""Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Lennon-McCartneyI wasn't nearly as enamored by this 1933 eighty-page novella, full of existential black humor, as the Yale prof/lit critic Harold Bloom, primarily because Nathanael West couldn't hide his contempt for all religion nor his scarlet leanings. As the book be [...]


    9. I had a really weird laugh at the end of this one. Something that might be born if 'huh?' and 'haha!' were to copulate. Miss Lonelyhearts, a man known only by the name of his agony aunt style column, is deeply affected by the letters from his readers. At the beginning of the tale he appears to be on the fence with his ideas on faith and slowly tumbles into a full blown messiah complex. Along the way, Nathanael West's astute observations and sharp wit keep us entertained.Man has a tropism for ord [...]


    10. West was a contemporary of F. Scott Fitzgerald; in fact, the story goes that when he died in a car accident at age 37, he had been rushing to Fitzgerald’s wake, and the friends were given adjoining rooms in a Los Angeles funeral home. There’s more than a hint of similarity to The Great Gatsby here: this is a very American tragedy and state-of-the-nation novel, and it’s remarkable how much it achieves in so few pages. “Miss Lonelyhearts” (never given any other name) is a male advice col [...]


    11. Miss Lonelyhearts is the tale of a male advice columnist in Depression Era New York City. Though the column is intended to be fluff, and is seen as such by the editor to whom Lonelyhearts reports, for the people who write seeking advice, it is serious. The columnist finds himself overwhelmed by the many versions of tragedy that he must respond to, becomes depressed, and turns, on one hand, to drink, fights, and affairs, and on the other to a Christianity he deeply believes in, but which is mocke [...]


    12. What the hell just happened?? I wanted to love this book. I bought this book because a sign from a bookseller recommended it by saying, "the only book Jane and I have ever agreed on." Oh. I see the problem now. I assumed they agreed it was great. Clever bookseller. Alas, no. He probably loved it. As Flannery O'Connor is on record loving it. As Harold Bloom (aka literary tastemaker who revived this book) is on record saying it's his favorite work of American prose fiction. There are some lovely t [...]



    13. [4.5] Such finely-wrought internal thought; clumsiness, sometimes brutality in the external world. (Plenty of reviewers seem to disagree with the former: many give this short novella either 2-3 stars for having an awful, unrelatable protagonist - I've read plenty nastier - or 5 for all-round brilliance.) It's a close-third person narrative, which, during pauses, I recalled as a first-person, such was its access to one character's inner life whilst the rest remained as if behind a pane of frosted [...]


    14. that wast what I expected. There is a section where Shrike effectively tortures Miss Lonelyhearts with narrative, telling story after story of other lives, possible lives, while Miss Lonelyhearts lies in bed suffering from an illness that may or may not be entirely spiritual. Then you've got the letters to Miss Lonelyhearts, themselves also narratives of other lives, of suffering lives, though these are nothing like what Shrike puts together, the slick, generic productions he uses to torment and [...]


    15. Mi trovo in grave imbarazzo a commentare questo romanzo. Da un lato, certamente, esprime con forza il senso di impotenza, pratica ed emotiva, dell’innominato protagonista che si trova a fronteggiare una società in piena crisi economica e di valori (siamo nell’America della fine degli anni ‘30). Dall’altro, però, non posso che lamentarne la frammentarietà narrativa, la scarsa incisività del protagonista e la sostanziale noia che queste pagine suscitano. Di conseguenza, non trovo stran [...]


    16. غباء ترجمة العنوان كافٍ لعدم منح الرواية أي تقييم لذلك سوف أعيد قراءتها باللغة الإنجليزية.


    17. Nathanael West wrote four short books, of which two - Miss Lonelyhearts and Day of the Locust - eventually became minor classics. He died in a car crash at 37, ensuring a namecheck in JG Ballard's Crash. He was a modernist, by which I mean he's a little confusing. Miss Lonelyhearts was almost a graphic novel, which would certainly have been something; as it is, it's something else. The title character, never named aside from "Miss Lonelyhearts," stumbles through a life of agonizing empathy. He w [...]


    18. Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide.Opening lines:The Miss Lonelyhearts of The New York Post–Dispatch (Are-you-introuble? — Do-you-need-advice? — Write-to-Miss–Lonelyhearts-and-she-will-help-you) sat at his desk and stared at a piece of white cardboard. On it a prayer had been printed by Shrike, the feature editor.



    19. Um conto sobre um colunista novato e frustado de um jornal com um nome feminino ,Miss lonelyhearts ,que responde às cartas dos leitores aconselhando sobre os mais diversos assuntos. O intuito dessa coluna era apenas aumentar a circulação do jornal mas Miss lonelyhearts leva a sério essas cartas e por se sentir impotente, não poder ajudar de uma forma concreta , sofre com isso pois ele quer encher de amor todos os desesperados do universo, quer operar um milagre. Miss Lonelyhearts também é [...]


    20. I am, once in a while, stunned by a book for the reasons bordering on bad, and this was one of those times. Miss Lonelyhearts, and West, were truly ahead of their time, and the murky and dark and downtrodden nature of the words are an aspect I can say I gained enjoyment from, but the story itself, the content, the plot, and the way it unfolded, was something I found very difficult to like. This isn't a bad book, and some might even call it magnetic and brilliant, but for me it was a huge disappo [...]


    21. It would not be wrong to say that this unconventional modern American prose is a work of genius! How much does it encompass the abstract aberration of this world is another matter altogether. The characters come out so murky and noir at the end of the chapters that you silently shiver under the intricacies of the plot. Miss Lonelyhearts is a journalist who runs an advice column for the Desperate, Brokenhearted, Sick-of-it-all, and Disillusioned-with-tubercular-husband. People believe in his inte [...]


    22. This has got to be one of the strangest book I've ever read. Like a wild, acid dripping fever dream, the characters in this book are over the top, unsuspecting, poetic, obnoxious and tragic all at the same time. The narrator, both a hero and antihero in varying moments, has layers and layers of complexity, and he never even gets a name. West undoubtedly worked tirelessly on this because the interwoven themes of depression, spirituality and social anxiety really came through in a nuanced and hear [...]


    23. What a bizarre book. I raced through it. I quite enjoyed it but overall found the unremitting Depresson-era bleakness a bit too much and the humour, such as it was is so very dark. I suspect there are numerous themes that might be interesting to dwell upon but, to be honest, I am glad to finish it and not particularly keen to dwell upon it. I read it for a group read discussion in January 2015 so, after we've discussed it, and I've reflected on it, I may come back and update this review. For now [...]


    24. A cynical sombre and quietly depressing feel amidst some manic ramblings and religious fervour, this is one book that captures the mood of New York City during the oppressive depression era and takes us on a dark tour de force. Witty yet bleak this is definately not a lite book although short in length. A good read if you enjoy something left of centre.


    25. I blame myself for not reading the advice of one of the reader's professor: "Do not read this book if you are already in a bad state of mind. "Failed to engage with the story. So will stop at page 70.


    26. I’m quite a sucker for books written or set during the Great Depression. Nathanael West’s novella Miss Lonelyhearts, published in 1933, fits into this category, but I’m afraid it didn’t really tickle my fancy.This dark and comic tale about an agony aunt on a Manhattan newspaper is described in Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die as an “interesting examination of the problematic role of Christianity in the modern world”. But for me it serves as a warning to be car [...]


    27. Read for a challenge, it may be a classic of American literature, but I wasn’t impressed by the unremarkable writing, the hopeless characters nor the disjoined plot. A study in nihilism perhaps, for me was a depressing read, the only positive was its brevity.


    28. Lettere da uno scrittore dimenticato “Vide una donna vestita di stracci e con le gambe deformate dalla gotta raccogliere una rivista di racconti d'amore da un cestino dei rifiuti: sembrava molto contenta di quello che aveva trovato. Aizzato dalla sua coscienza, cominciò a generalizzare: gli uomini hanno sempre combattuto contro la loro misera condizione ricorrendo ai sogni. Anche se un tempo i sogni erano stati molto potenti, oggigiorno il cinema, i giornali e la radio li rendevano puerili. T [...]


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