Shelves: hardboiled , gothic , book-to-film I know that youre a natural actor, she said. Playing roles comes easily. You switch identities with the instinctive facility of a chameleon changing color. Although you are deeply concerned with discovering the truth, lies flow from your lips without hesitation. Pretty good.
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Shelves: hardboiled , gothic , book-to-film I know that youre a natural actor, she said. Playing roles comes easily. You switch identities with the instinctive facility of a chameleon changing color. Although you are deeply concerned with discovering the truth, lies flow from your lips without hesitation.
Pretty good. Go on. Your role-playing ability has a darker side and presents a problem when you confront the dual nature of your personality. I would say that you were frequently the victim of doubt. Cruelty comes easily to you, yet you find it inconceivable that you are so gifted at hurting others.
Angel is no angel. The last thing he should be doing is having his astrology chart configured or have a gypsy read his palm or have a psychoanalyst He knows it is bad news.
When the attorney Herman Winesap calls him and says he has a job for him, Harry has no idea that he is about to descend into the darkest, most terrifying case of his career. The client, Louis Cyphre, is cryptic with what little information he is willing to share. He is interested in hiring Angel to find a crooner from the s called Johnny Favorite. A debt is owed. Favorite was busted up pretty bad in the war. He came back to the states and was checked into a mental institution.
There the trail goes cold, but the case becomes red hot. As Angel chases down the people who used to know Johnny Favorite, they are all ending up dead. The cognac slid like velvet fire across my tongue. I downed it in three quick swallows.
It was old and expensive and deserved much better treatment, but I was in a hurry. The problem is the things Angel has seen on this case are casting the type of doubts that lead to belief. He is also further complicating the case by starting to really like Epiphany and her carefree relationship with the beast with two backs.
The plot turns completely around one big twist, so it is impossible for me to break down the plot and discuss all the lurid details without giving away the key elements that will lead the reader to the mind blowing conclusion. The movie Angel Heart is based on this book, and the writers and directors follow the book very closely, so as a reader and as a movie watcher I hope you all are both , you have a choice to make because you can only experience this snarled bundle of twisted conclusions one time.
I think the movie is terrific. Mickey Rourke, before he decided to let boxing mangle his face, plays Angel. Robert De Niro plays Louis Cyphre, and he is suitably creepy for the role. Lisa Bonet, fresh off the Cosby show, plays Epiphany Proudfoot. I watched the movie again after reading the book, and the famous sex scene between Rourke and Bonet still makes me uncomfortable.
If Bonet was trying to shed the perception of innocence established on the Cosby show which seems odd to say this in light of recent revelations , then she certainly accomplished that. Keeten to that list.
The prose in this book are lean and mean with some great hardboiled one liners that certainly toss a grappling hook back to Raymond Chandler. The movie disappeared for years. I finally found a blu-ray copy in a discount bin in a mall movie store; literally, it was like finding gold among chaff. Now the movie is readily available. The last I looked, it is available on Amazon with a prime subscription and also affordable to buy.
Pick your poison, movie or book, but if you like hardboiled noir, it will be impossible for you to ignore this important addition to the canon.
Pinterest William Hjortsberg with his daughter, Lorca, in Hjortsberg wrote two novels, which were rejected widely, and was working as a shelf-stacker in Bolinas, California, when McGuane stepped in to help. A comedy set in a fairytale Switzerland, it was published as Alp in , and followed by Gray Matters , a brilliant piece of what was becoming known as speculative fiction, set in a post-apocalyptic world where only the brains of a select few had survived. Symbiography, rejected by Playboy, was eventually published in Penthouse and in became a small-press novel and then an unproduced screenplay, Nomad. His fourth novel, Toro! McGuane was by now an in-demand screenwriter, and advised Hjortsberg to try it.