At A Pilgrim in Narnia, we are in the midst of the “Nightmare Alley Series,” inspired by Guillermo del Toro’s new star-filled feature film. This film is an adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel, Nightmare Alley–and follows closely the first film adaptatiod Inspired by the cultural moment, we are hoping to provide some background to Gresham’s connections. Especially, Bill Gresham‘s wife at the time he wrote the novel, Joy Davidman, began a relationship a few years later with C.S. Lewis that changed all their lives. As we prepare for a conversation at 4pm this afternoon on Inkling Folk Fellowship (details here), you may be interested in G. Connor Salter’s book review from Power Book Review, originally published on Dec 7, 2021.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Perfect for classic crime noir fans, and for readers seeking a well-developed psychological thriller.
🖋 🖋🖋🖋🖋 The author creates an almost cinematic style with strong images, tight plotting and careful pacing the suspense elements.
Published December 7, 2021 by New York Review of Books
Edition: Movie tie-in edition
Originally published in 1946.
Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Crime
🔪🔪One death by poisoning, a violent fight at the climax, various scenes of psychological suspense.
💋💋💋💋Various sexual references in dialogue, and three to five brief sex scenes (all of which move the plot forward). None of the sex scenes include much detail, but one has quasi-violent undertones.
🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩A Trigger Warning: this book has references to alcoholism, sex with masochistic dialogue.
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