fadedpage.com

FP now includes 6236 eBooks in its collection.

  main page


A Cool Million: The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin

Cover Image

Book Details

Title:A Cool Million: The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin
Author:
West, Nathanael   
(1 of 4 for author by title)
The Day of the Locust
Published:   1934
Tags:fiction, satire
Description:

A Cool Million: The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin is Nathanael West's third novel, published in 1934. It is a brutal satire of eternal optimism.

A Cool Million, as its subtitle suggests, presents 'the dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin,' piece by piece. As a satire of the Horatio Alger myth of success, the novel is evocative of Voltaire's Candide, which satirized the philosophical optimism of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Alexander Pope. Pitkin is a typical '-Schlemiel', stumbling from one situation to the next; he gets robbed, cheated, unjustly arrested, frequently beaten and exploited. In a parallel plot Betty Prail, Pitkin's love interest, is raped, abused, and sold into prostitution. Over the course of the novel Pitkin manages to lose an eye, his teeth, his thumb, his scalp and his leg, but nevertheless retains his optimism and gullibility to the inevitably bitter end. [Suggest a different description.]

Downloads:261
Pages:108 Info

Available Formats

UTF-8 text   20190907.txt
HTML20190907.html
Epub20190907.epubIf you cannot open a .mobi file on your mobile device, please use .epub with an appropriate eReader.
Mobi/Kindle20190907.mobiInfoNot all Kindles or Kindle apps open all .mobi files.
PDF (tablet)20190907-a5.pdf
HTML Zip20190907-h.zip

This book is in the public domain in Canada, and is made available to you DRM-free. You may do whatever you like with this book, but mostly we hope you will read it.

Here at FadedPage and our companion site Distributed Proofreaders Canada, we pride ourselves on producing the best ebooks you can find. Please tell us about any errors you have found in this book, or in the information on this page about this book.