Nightmare Alley

ISBN-10: 1590173481
ISBN-13: 9781590173480
Edition: 2010
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Description: Nightmare Alleybegins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek-alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowdrsquo;s gleeful disgust and derision-going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 4/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Nightmare Alleybegins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek-alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowdrsquo;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. Therersquo;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 hersquo;s going places. Onstage he plays the mentalist with a cute bimbo (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 Stanrsquo;s for the taking. William Lindsay Greshamrsquo;s novel is a dark jewel, a classic American tale about the varieties of deception and self-deception and the dream of redemption-a dream that is only a nightmare in disguise.

Born in Newark & schooled in his father's bar, Nick Tosches is one of the most original & individualistic writers at work today. He is the author of acclaimed biographies of Sonny Liston, (The Devil & Sonny Liston), Dean Martin (Dino), the Mafia financier Michele Sindona (Power on Earth), & Jerry Lee Lewis (Hellfire); of several books about popular music (Country & Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll); & of the novels "Trinities" & "Cut Numbers". Thirty years of his writing was recently collected into "The Nick Tosches Reader" (Da Capo). He is a contributing editor of "Vanity Fair". He lives in New York City, & his poetry readings are legend.

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