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Night Film: A Novel por Marisha Pessl
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Night Film: A Novel (edição 2014)

por Marisha Pessl (Autor)

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When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death.
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Título:Night Film: A Novel
Autores:Marisha Pessl (Autor)
Informação:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2014), Edition: Reprint, 640 pages
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Etiquetas:Read 2015, Read October 2015

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Scared the living shit out of me. ( )
  jalynhenton | Jul 20, 2021 |
Wow. This book is certainly not for everyone, but I really liked it. Piano prodigy Ashley Cordova is found in an elevator shaft in an abandoned building, an apparent suicide. A somewhat disgraced investigative reporter, Scott McGrath, is skeptical and the death rekindles his interest in her father, legendary horror film director, Stanislas Cordova. Along the way, Scott picks up two strays: a lowlife acquaintance of Ashley's, Hopper, and a coatcheck girl named Nora Halliday, who becomes his assistant. Author Marisha Pessl uses a number of media seamlessly to help tell the story from photos, to texts, to newspaper/magazine articles to webpages. She is also an excellent writer. Weird characters, events which are hard to tell if they are real or imagined, psychiatric hospitals, secrecy surrounding all of Cordova's films which are rare and coveted, family drama, and the darkweb. Who could ask for anything more?

I especially liked the following creativity in language describing McGrath's ex-wife "[sticking] her head our of car windows the way dogs do, the wind fireworking her hair." ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
adult fiction/horror-suspense. I found this on our library's lease shelves so I picked it up to sample it and see if it's worth all the buzz... got to page 34 or so (20 pages of that were short web articles), but decided I probably didn't want to read something this dark (very dark) or creepy just now. It does seem like it'd be a good read for people that aren't too put off by bad things happening to children.
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Pessl's second novel is a fun and moody thriller with a number of visually-appealing scenes. I would like the film version of this book quite a bit so long as it was in the hands of a competent director, but I think that might be why Night Film didn't completely work for me. There was an artificiality to the situations and characters that felt calculatedly cinematic, like when the sinister gay priest shared his secrets in a creepy antiques shop or when the formerly gorgeous, drugged-out actress came out of her stupor long enough to monologue about the Cordova family. I'm a horror fan so I liked all of these familiar scenes but none of them held much tension for me because they were all painstakingly following the scripts of other superior thrillers without really stopping to figure out why they worked so well in those. I want Pressl to write more and I'm curious to read her debut novel, but as much as I genuinely enjoyed Night Film I don't think it will stay with me the way that Cordova's films stayed with his obsessive, devoted fans. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Official rating is 4.5*
I should probably say first that I put this in my murder-mystery and suspense-thriller shelves. I feel like I should say that while there is a mystery, there is not necessarily a murder (you are trying to figure out if there was a suicide vs. murder though) and while there are points that are quite suspenseful, I wouldn't necessarily say this is "thrilling" in nature.

I was very quickly drawn into the writing style of this book. It was easy to read and I would definitely read something by this author again because of their carefully chosen words and descriptions of people and places really helped me to visualize everything. With that said though, I felt there were a few spots that I lost interest in the story because a few spots felt a little weighed down in detail that didn't really matter in the plot of the story. This left me feeling like I couldn't quite give the book that final 1/2*.

I also really liked the characters in this book. Each character was very real. They were flawed which helped you relate to them a little more strongly throughout the story and the growth (especially for the main character, Scott) was very good and could be seen as something plausible.

Lastly, this had a good story line. There were a few parts where I felt the same way Scott did about his circumstances and some things were slightly predictable (although I would like to say, where the hell did it come from that Scott's wife wanted to take away visitation rights to their daughter? That felt very out of the blue... Scott had to have been screwing up a lot for her to jump to that. I didn't quite "buy" that part of the story). I felt exactly like Scott did at the end about the case - which one could maybe say left the reader feeling a bit underwhelmed by the conclusion, but I thought it worked in this case.

I liked seeing the pictures and news articles that Scott used. I thought that really added an interesting element to this story. I would love to read more books written by Marisha Pessl with perhaps this same aesthetic! ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
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This book is like a big fun-house — Pessl lets you decide if you want to believe its magic. I probably won't remember all that much of the plot a few weeks from now and the characters are basically vehicles for an overarching idea more than anything else. But Marisha Pessl had an extremely cool and intricate idea for a novel, and ultimately it works. I was totally happy to sit in the darkness until the very last page, and I didn't move a muscle until the lights came up.
adicionada por zhejw | editarNPR, Meg Wolitzer (Aug 22, 2013)
 
By the time you’ve fallen halfway down this rabbit hole, the plot feels like an M.C. Escher nightmare about Edgar Allan Poe. What’s best, some of the folks whom Scott interviews tell such incantatory tales about Cordova’s grotesque antics that you’ll miss your subway stop, let dinner burn and start sleeping with the lights on.
adicionada por SqueakyChu | editarThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (Aug 20, 2013)
 
Ms. Pessl seems to take it on faith that her readers will want more than the page provides. But that’s hardly guaranteed. This is a book that plods along for 500 pages without developing any momentum at all. It gathers steam only in a string of excitingly fake endings that contradict one another. Most of it is a halfhearted film noir pastiche with amusing period-piece characters (one is a perky hatcheck girl) and an array of different settings. But exploring them feels like roaming the endless domains of a video game, not like reading a book.
adicionada por Shortride | editarThe New York Times, Janet Maslin (Aug 15, 2013)
 

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