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Night Film

by Marisha Pessl

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Well this was a library book and I am not able to finish it before having to return it. So in fairness I will not be rating it. However, I got about halfway through the book and lost interest in it. It wasn't holding my attention at all, so I didn't really try to finish it.
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
Original, strange compelling just about sums this book up. A fantastic mix of novel, evidence folder and drug induced dream which contains at it's heart a strange and disturbing mystery. Who's telling the truth? What really happened? Even when you've finished the book you may still not be sure ....... ( )
  angelaoatham | Feb 21, 2017 |
Cinco estrellitas! Un libro raro, pero entretenido. Se trata de un periodista que lo perdió todo luego de sacar a la luz pública un tip anonimo que denunciaba ciertas prácticas irregulares con niños por parte de Stanislav Cordova (un famosísimo director de cine de terror), y que al final resultó ser una acusación sin fundamento. Hoy, divorciado, sin trabajo y absolutamente desacreditado como profesional, Scott McGrath se entera del aparente suicidio de la hija de Cordova, Ashley, y se da cuenta que algo no le cuadra. Decidido a llegar al fondo de este asunto, arriesgará todo para saber la verdad sobre Ashley, y finalmente, sobre el mismísimo Stanislav Cordova.

Aunque leí este libro hace como un mes, recién ahora puedo sentarme a escribir una reseña y desafortunadamente se me han ido varias cosas que quería destacar. Pero de todos modos, lo primero que llama la atención con este libro es que te va presentando la historia tal y como el protagonista la va recibiendo, incluyendo recortes de diarios, revistas, fotografías, etc. El autor no te cuenta lo que dice tal página de internet, sino que la "pega" en el libro para que tú la leas directamente. Para uno que es fan de jugar a ser detective, este elemento es muy interesante y, aunque significa que gran parte de la información será inútil (porque te muestran TODO el articulo, por ejemplo), es entretenido tener que discernir uno mismo qué es lo útil en cada caso.

Relacionado con lo anterior, una de las pocas cosas que no me gustaron de este libro es precisamente la graaaan cantidad de datos que parecen sobrar (digo que "parecen", porque recién al final uno sabe qué sirve y qué no), haciendo que a veces se pierda un poco la perspectiva de lo que estás leyendo, pero la verdad es que sin eso, no sé si la autora hubiese podido llegar a una historia tan intrincada e interesante como ésta. Marisha Pessl se preocupa de no dejar ninguna piedra sin dar vuelta, analiza cada dato del caso minuciosamente, y logra - y esto es lo que MÁS me gustó del libro - darle al lector una experiencia de realidad en lo que está leyendo. Verdaderamente crees que existe esa secta de fanáticos de Cordova, te interesas sobre los mil misterios que hay en torno a sus películas, y te cuestionas sobre lo que es posible y lo que no, porque gran parte del libro te la pasas decidiendo si la solución del caso tiene tintes de sobrenatural o si es una historia con los pies en la tierra.

No quiero dar spoilers, así que para terminar sólo diré que me gustó muchísimo el libro, fue algo diferente a lo que uno está acostumbrado en este género y la autora hizo un trabajo excelente en armarte un mundo "real" muy complejo en el que terminas dudándolo todo en cada giro. Hay un par de cosas que no me gustaron, pero pa qué vamos a hilar tan fino:) ( )
  Danyspike | Jan 14, 2017 |
Disappointed that all Scott McGrath thought happened did not. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
WOW!!! What a way to start the year - this very well might end up being my favorite book of 2014. I always love a good suspenseful mystery but this one had an added dark side (which I normally don't read). I absolutely loved it. Very well written, great descriptions, and it made you think, and then rethink what you thought you knew. Twists and turns that will keep you reading past your bedtime. ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
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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.
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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.
 
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.
 

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Mortal fear is as crucial a thing to our lives as love. It cuts to the core of our being and shows us what we are. Will you step back and cover your eyes? Or will you have the strength to walk to the precipice and look out? Do you want to know what is there or live in the dark delusion that this commercial world insists we remain sealed inside like blind caterpillars in an eternal cocoon? Will you curl up with your eyes closed and die? Or can you fight your way out of it and fly?

—Stanislas Cordova

Rolling Stone, December 29, 1977
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In memory of my grandmother,

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Everyone has a Cordova story, whether they like it or not.
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...indicator of the problems of today's youth; raised by the Internet, they flitted from one fixation to the next with all the gravity of a mouse-click...
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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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