Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

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Soon to be a major motion picture from Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro and starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Toni Collette.

Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a carnival-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 assistant (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.

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781590173480
1590173481
Branch Call Number: FIC GRESHAM 2010
Characteristics: xiii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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The author said that his carnival geek was a symbol of all those people who hate their jobs but have no other way of making a living.

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