Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham, book review by G. Connor Salter (Nightmare Alley Series)

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.

Power Book Review

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 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.

ISBN: 978-1681376103

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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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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2 Responses to Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham, book review by G. Connor Salter (Nightmare Alley Series)

  1. Pingback: Inkling Folk Fellowship Conversation about Nightmare Alley (Free Online Event Friday, Jan 7, 2022 at 4pm Eastern) (Nightmare Alley Series) | A Pilgrim in Narnia

  2. Pingback: Resurrecting a classic: My review of Nightmare Alley – G. Connor Salter

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