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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-...
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...
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
Randolph "Dilda" Carter
Randolph "Dilda" Carter rated it
4.0 Nightmare Alley (New York Review Books)
A great but depressing noir book. The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, sociopath. Stan starts out as a lonely dreamer, a magician in the carny with dreams of becoming a mentalist and finally a nationally renowned spirit medium. These are all brilliant cons, Stan has no illusions about actual pa...
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