Night Film Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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"Deliciously spine-tingling... all-consuming and mind-altering. Nothing else matters while there are pages to turn and, once the book is over, the world seems an emptier place." (Daily Telegraph)
"This month’s smartest (and creepiest) new novel is a hell of a read . . . An intensely writerly project that doesn’t jettison the reader . . . It explores how stories seep from texts into the world; not only in that it follows a journalist investigating a cult horror-film director whose life is entangled in his fictions, but also because the pages are peppered with fake news article and websites. A narrative signifying narratives, this novel echoes . . . The action bullet-trains through an artfully plotted world of secret screenings and suspicious deaths." (GQ (Book of the Month))
"Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page." (Stylist)
"When Cordova’s beautiful daughter is found dead in a warehouse, McGrath can’t help but pick up the trail. His pacy narrative voice is interrupted by magazine interviews, text messages, Facebook pages; a Cordova fan forum even pops up on the printed page . . . The result is multiple narratives that read like real life (or a more exciting version of it) . . . Night Film doesn’t cease to be with its last full stop. [Pessl] has developed a phone app and a website with extra material – a savvy move." (Vogue)
"The real and the imaginary, life and art, are dizzyingly distorted not only in a Cordova night film – which a fictional Time article calls “a spellbinding and emotionally harrowing experience” – but in Pessl’s own Night Film as well. McGrath’s prologue opens with a dictum “Everyone has a Cordova story, whether they like it or not.” This book is ours." (Vanity Fair) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Night Film is a breathtakingly suspenseful literary thriller that makes you question how you decide what is real and what isn't from the critically acclaimed author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Strewn amidst this gripping tale were news articles, photographs, email correspondences, websites, and even authentic-looking Wikipedia articles that effectively blurred the lines between fact and fiction. (Reviewers have complained that the ebook version made it difficult to read the small print of these pictograms but the Kindle Paperwhite allows you to magnify the contents when you tap on it.)
Narrated in first person, Pessl delves deep into the inner psyche of Scott, as much as the story unfolds, and he is both a fallible as well as likeable broken man struggling to do something right in his life. At one point, when a supernatural take on the events seemed to be cleared up by a more realistic account, Scott ponders about his own shakened beliefs: "The explanations were like two sides of the same coin, and the side that I favored revealed something essential about the person I was". And what made this rather spectacular book was the way it made us question our own beliefs and preconceived notions of people and their nature.
Pessl has also shaped her characters well, which is quite a refreshing element in genre fiction which tends to focus more on plot. Scott, together with Nora, the 19-year-old coatcheck girl and fledgling actress wannabe, and Hopper, dark, brooding drug peddler and troubled layabout, make up quite a bizarre investigative team, and Pessl takes time to unveil each of these characters, that reveal very plausible motives for their individual interest in the case, without slowing down the plot in favour of lengthy sidetracks.
This is only Pessl's second novel, and quite a span of time had lapsed since her (in my opinion overrated) debut, "Special Topics in Calamity Physics", the novel that got the publishing world in tripping over its feet piling accolades on her ingenue status then. In my opinion, "Night Film" surpasses her debut by a pretty long shot, and I look forward to her next book with bated breath.
The website and news article pages were brilliant and created a genuine feeling of reality. The only misstep for me was a photo where McGrath says he's seen the face of death - to me it was just a photo of a grumpy-looking girl. Might have been better to leave that one to the reader's imagination.
Towards the end I started to drift slightly as an extended scene with Scott didn't seem to be going anywhere but upon emerging from that I found the book got right back on track.
Cordova always had ambiguous endings in his films and Pessl followed suit for her book. I generally prefer endings that resolve everything but in this case it suited the book perfectly. One to read and be immersed in again, and I'll be ordering Pessl's first book on the strength of this one.
I just wanted to warn people that this is an unusually formatted book that for me was unreadable on my kindle paperwhite - and others too might find it a problem.
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