By William Lindsay Gresham
Nightmare Alley starts off with a rare 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 might fall so low. There’s no method in hell, he vows, that whatever like that might ever occur to him.
And on account that Stan is shrewdpermanent and impressive and never with out a beneficial streak of ruthlessness, quickly adequate he’s going areas. 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 feels like the realm is Stan’s for the taking. William Lindsay Gresham’s novel is a dismal jewel, a vintage American story in regards to the sorts of deception and self-deception and the dream of redemption—a dream that's just a nightmare in cover.
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Oakley, and say, “Marty had this knocking about in his toy-cupboard. ” But it wasn’t. When she thought about doing it she couldn’t even open the door and go in. It was too stupid. If Doris, who was one of the housemaids, hadn’t come along the passage, she might have just stuck there and grown into the floor. As it was, she got herself inside the room and found it empty. Voices from the bedroom next door proclaimed that Mrs. Oakley was dressing for dinner. With a feeling of relief, Dorinda put the photograph down upon a gimcrack writing-table and ran upstairs to assume the despised blue dress.
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Miss Masterman, following a maid in a very becoming dark red uniform, had no answering smile. Her handsome haggard face was stamped with fatigue. She looked as if she had forgotten how to sleep. When Gladys had left her in the comfortable, well-appointed bedroom she walked slowly towards the hearth, as if drawn by the warmth of the fire. She had removed her gloves and had unfastened a rather shabby fur coat. Gregory Porlock had noticed it as she came in—but Gregory Porlock noticed everything.