A Cool Million Summary
Nathanael West

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Nathanael West's 1934 novel, A Cool Million satirizes American ideology by targeting rags to riches novels popularized by Horatio Alger through the story of Lemuel Pitkin. Lemuel is a poor farm boy with a widowed mother who goes off to seek his fortune and save his mother's house from foreclosure. His optimism and honesty cost him his eye, thumb, leg, teeth, spirit and eventually his life.

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