Re: RARA-AVIS: nightmare alley

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 11 Jul 2002

> >i finished gresham's _nightmare alley_ a few days ago,
> >and it was great.
> >my only complaint about the book is some odd socialistic
> >rhetoric in the book. i call it odd because its like
> >your sitting at the movie theater and all of a sudden a
> >commercial pops up in the middle. it weakens the book.
> >the implication is that stan's dilemma just might be a
> >result of the evils of capitalism, and thats pure rubbish.
> >stan is destined for hell whether under the cruel yoke
> >of capitalism or arm-in-arm with brother marx and engels.
> Perhaps I digress, but I find this an interesting statement. Can't
> with the first bit, the intrusion of a political point weakening the
> If the point isn't inherent in the plot and character development,
then no
> inserted explanation is going to sell it. But it's the last bit that
> like to question. Can there be no evil inherent in capitalism, pre or
> the socialist decline? Were capitalism and socialism our only choices,
> now with the triumph of capital are we left with acceptance as the
> option to personal salvation?
> I know I'm out of step, but even after the fall of the wall, I can't
> I've found peace topping up my morality at Wal-Mart. Too many colour
> choices perhaps.
> Kerry
You are out of step. At least there are two of us.


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