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The Golden West: Hollywood Stories Hardcover – May 25, 2005
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A wonderful volume . . . a very welcome book. -- David Thomson, The New Republic
Fuchs refuses to lose faith that things can be seen, and people's hearts can be known. -- Forward Newspaper, May 26, 2005
Of all the writers who relocated to Hollywood and stuck it out, Daniel Fuchs was perhaps the most talented. -- American Book Review, January/February 2006
Superb. -- Sam Tanenhaus, New York Times Book Review
[These stories] are tours de force of surface description and telling detail. -- Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Sunday Globe
From the Back Cover
PRAISE FOR DANIEL FUCHS
"Nobody else writes like Daniel Fuchs. I think of him as a natural -- a poet who never had to strain after a poetic effect, a magician who made magic look almost too easy." -- John Updike, The New Yorker
"I think of him as a 'true' writer, in the dictionary sense of 'reflecting sincerely one's feelings.' His prose rarely makes any claims on its own behalf. All is at the service of the moment rendered, a bit of fading history. . . . 'The Golden West' is first-rate, worth placing beside Fitzgerald's and West's evocations of the Hollywood frenzy -- that lunatic desperation that keeps these people, their hearts eaten away by success and memory, clinging to the slopes to avoid falling into bankruptcy yet still dreaming that, with a yank here, a twist there, they'll again make a cool million." -- Irving Howe, The New York Review of Books
"Fuchs knows the facts of Hollywood, but his interest is in the demons beneath. The action of 'West of the Rockies' is seen throughout as a sort of sad trance: Fuchs studies the details, then changes the focus so that the facts become figurative. He has a humane gift -- not facile compassion but the ability to put the ephemeral into phrases that, paradoxically, fix their ephemeralness. The lovely phrases, the sharp precepts, are almost like reminders to him and to us that this is not just more Hollywood fiction, this is serious." -- Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Sympathy is a dominant note in Fuch's writing. He has a keen eye, an excellent ear for the speech of his characters, for the human animal. . . . I know of few novelists in America today who possess Fuchs's natural talent and energy or his sense of life." -- James T. Farrell, The Nation
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Fuchs instead found a richness surprise and interest in the Hollywood world. He found a special kind of challenge in writing screenplays and working with others to produce a complex integrated product for a mass audience. Fuchs loved the sunshine of this world and there is a special kind of appreciation for the Hollywood world in his work even when he recognizes its harshnesses and oddnesses. Very often the characters which would be seen as simple grotesques by other writers are somehow shown to have a commendable side by Fuchs. His writing in this sense has a kind of generosity and humanity along with its literary excellence.