What You See in the Dark

What You See in the Dark

eBook - 2012
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"The making of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho would seem out of place in a serious literary novel about small-town California . . . [But] Manuel Mun?oz pulls off this strange juxtaposition with stunning success . . . An audacious debut novel." -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The long-awaited first novel by the award-winning author of two impressive story collections explores the sinister side of desire in Bakersfield, California, circa 1959, when a famous director arrives to scout locations for a film about madness and murder at a roadside motel. Unfolding in much the same way that Hitchcock made Psycho -- frame by frame, in pans, zooms, and close-ups -- Mun?oz's re-creation of a vanished era takes the reader into places no camera can go, venturing into the characters' private thoughts, petty jealousies, and unrealized dreams. The result is a work of stunning originality.
Publisher: [New York] : Algonquin Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781616201456
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (288 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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Aug 09, 2015

Atmospheric take on the changes that occurred in America as the straight-laced, two-lane 50's melted into the asphalt of the free-wheeling, freeway 60's. The story presents linked and overlapping plot lines of tragic lives in Bakersfield, California woven into the making of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho". At times, the descriptions of the film become tedious, at least for anyone who has seen it, but the aches, regrets and insecurities of the characters are genuine and well developed. Recommended.


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