Re: RARA-AVIS: Nightmare Alley

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 25 Sep 2004

Mark wrote:

miker, you praised Nightmare Alley enough times that I finally listened. I pulled it off my bookshelves and read it. You are absolutely right about how good it is. It completely deserves its classic status.

************* Glad you enjoyed it, Mark! It was one of the first of the noir genre that I read, so Stan's trip to hell made a particularly big impression on me. Although it might not be a defining element in noir, the irony in Gresham's novel was spectacular. The movie with Tyrone Powers improved on the finale by taking the irony one step further.


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