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plot

kicking around (visiting hookers, stealing milk, Camilla, loses virginity, more Camilla, writes a novel)

📝 the beach chapter (ch.9, pg. 60) is awesome

style

1st person, with narration reflected through Bandini (less precise w/ he’s less lucid e.g. hooker, earthquake)

strong verbs

“Then she danced away, swinging the tray gracefully, picking her way through the tables to a group far down in the rear of the saloon”

quotes

“I didn’t know you had freckles.”
“They don’t mean anything.” [42]

“the room was eloquent with her departure” [97]

themes

Los Angeles

Bunker Hill

“Los Angeles, give me some of you! Los Angeles come to me the way I came to you, my feet over your streets, you pretty town I loved you so much, you sad flower in the sand, you pretty town.” [13]

2018 conception of LA (paradisical, polluted) already there in the 1930s

“the palm was blackish at its branches, stained by carbon dioxide coming out of the Third Street Tunnel, its crusted trunk choked with dust and sand that blew in from the Mojave and Santa Ana desert” [16]

psychotic behavior

pours coffee over table, then tries to give Camilla a signed copy of his own novel, then insults her in the inscription [37-39]

Camilla tears up the article, then chases after Bandini to apologize, whereupon he slurs her [43-44]

the young girl reads Bandini’s story as he cries [54]

race

pines for a Mexican woman [15]

Bandini’s anger at the Mexican male for sleeping w/ the white prostitute [24]

Bandini slurs Camilla, then regrets it [44, 47]

religion

“A prayer. Sure, one prayer: for sentimental reasons. Almighty God, I am sorry I am now an atheist, but have you read Nietzsche? Ah, such a book! Almighty God, I will play fair in this. I will make You a proposition. Make a great writer out of me, and I will return to the Church.” [22]

“You did it, Arturo. This is the wrath of God. You did it.” [98]

sex

scared of sex [18]

religious prohibition of Catholicism [21]

loses virginity to Vera [91]