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Nightmare Alley (New York Review Books) - William Lindsay Gresham
Nightmare Alley (New York Review Books)
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Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low.... show more
Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There’s no way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen to him.And since Stan is clever and ambitious and not without a useful streak of ruthlessness, soon enough he’s going places. Onstage he plays the mentalist with a cute bimbo (before long his harried wife), then he graduates to full-blown spiritualist, catering to the needs of the rich and gullible in their well-upholstered homes. It looks like the world is Stan’s for the taking. At least for now.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590173480 (1590173481)
ASIN: 1590173481
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.5 Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham
***PLEASE DO NOT REBLOG*** bookshelves: film-only, noir, mystery-thriller, published-1946, mental-health, teh-demon-booze, under-1000-ratings, psychology, picaresque, superstitions, filthy-lucre, ghosties-ghoulies, cults-societies-brotherhoods, twats-in-real-life, sleazy, petty-crime, lifestyles-...
Not Quite Home
Not Quite Home rated it
4.0 Nightmare Alley, indeed! (not for the faint of heart)
Up till now, when I thought of a "geek," I thought of a nerd, but after reading Nightmare Alley, I'll never be able to hear that word again without a totally different and rather disturbing mental image springing to mind, one related to the traveling carnivals often called "freak shows" back in the ...
Ned Hayes Writing
Ned Hayes Writing rated it
4.5 Non-Redemptive Noir
BOOK REVIEW: Great roman Noir by Nic Pizzolatto, creator of "True Detective". If you like books like Dennis Lehan's Mystic River and other non-redemptive noir novels like the classic of the genre Nightmare Alley you'll really enjoy this.Solidly written, thoughtful exploration of an anti-hero who t...
Not Quite Home
Not Quite Home rated it
4.0 Nightmare Alley (New York Review Books)
Up till now, when I thought of a "geek," I thought of a nerd--but after reading Nightmare Alley, I'll never be able to hear that word again without a totally different mental image springing to mind, one that relates to carnies, those workers who were part of the ol' time traveling carnival circuses...
Boston Bibliophile
Boston Bibliophile rated it
5.0 Nightmare Alley (New York Review Books)
http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/2011/10/review-nightmare-alley-by-william.html
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