Nightmare Alley (New York Review Books Classics)

Nightmare Alley (New York Review Books Classics)

William Lindsay Gresham

Nightmare Alley begins with a unprecedented description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the article of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going approximately his paintings at a county reasonable. younger Stan Carlisle is operating as a carny, and he wonders how a guy may fall so low. There’s no manner in hell, he vows, that whatever like that may ever occur to him.

And because Stan is smart and bold and never with out a worthwhile streak of ruthlessness, quickly sufficient he’s going locations. Onstage he performs the mentalist with a adorable bimbo (before lengthy his harried wife), then he graduates to full-blown spiritualist, catering to the wishes of the wealthy and gullible of their well-upholstered houses. It seems like the area is Stan’s for the taking. no less than for now.

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