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William Hjortsberg (1941–2017)

Forfatter af Falling Angel

19 Værker 1,847 Medlemmer 54 Anmeldelser 2 Favorited

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William Reinhold Hjortsberg was born in New York City on February 23, 1941. He received a degree in English from Dartmouth College and studied at Yale University and Stanford University. His first novel, Alp, was published in 1969. His other novels included Gray Matters, Symbiography, Toro! Toro! vis mere Toro!, Nevermore, and Mañana. His novel, Falling Angel, was adapted into the movie Angel Heart. He wrote a biography of Richard Brautigan entitled Jubilee Hitchhiker. He also wrote screenplays for the B-movie king Roger Corman and Ridley Scott's movie Legend. He died on April 22, 2017 at the age of 76. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: W. Hjortsberg, William Jjortsberg, William Hjortsberg

Værker af William Hjortsberg

Falling Angel (1978) 794 eksemplarer
Legend [1986 film] (1986) — Screenwriter — 291 eksemplarer
Nevermore (1994) 253 eksemplarer
Gray Matters (1971) 153 eksemplarer
Angel Heart [1987 film] (1987) — Novel — 127 eksemplarer
Mañana: A Novel (2015) 45 eksemplarer
Angel's Inferno (2020) 30 eksemplarer
Alp (1969) 20 eksemplarer
Toro! Toro! Toro! (1974) 16 eksemplarer
Symbiography (1973) 16 eksemplarer
Nevermore 2 eksemplarer
Tales and Fables (1985) 2 eksemplarer

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Movie based on the novel (Angel Heart) seems to be better known than the book. And that is a pity because this is one excellent thriller with supernatural elements that are scary but not in overtly (slasher like) way. Some of the elements of the story and definitely characters are much better presented in the novel (IMHO).

I won't go into details here because, unfortunately, both book and movie suffer from what I call Sixth Sense Syndrome - once seen/read (and if you have seen the movie before reading the book - like I have - you made the greatest offense :)) you need to fully forget it to enjoy it again (and since it is truly interesting story I bet you wont forget it that easily :)).

Our main hero, PI Harry Angelo, gets hired by a mysterious figure to find even more mysterious singer who is thought to be dead for decade. Task starts relatively routinely but soon Harry starst to see weird behavior and patterns with people he meets and questions. Soon he will find himself throwin into the unknown [and rather dark] world of voodoo and other rather darkish Southern/Caribbean religions and people beliefs. Final revelation will hit him like a sledge hammer.

Written in the best manner of noir detective books, story flows very fast and reader gets glued to the pages 'til the very end. Harry is pretty street-wise (although he gets into decent amount of predicaments) and quite a smart mouth so dialogues do get very interesting (not that the other sides in conversation dont have quips and remarks of their own). I especially enjoyed conversations Harry has with his employer.

Highly recommended.
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Zare | 29 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |
Ugh gimme a hard boiled occult mystery that isn't racist
 
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fleshed | 29 andre anmeldelser | Jul 16, 2023 |
Yay libraries! (This is also on sale as of this typing, 11/8/21.)

Alas, I'm not the audience for this one. DNF at 22%. I caught myself skimming through descriptions, and thought about the plot so far, realized I don't care, and thus it was time to toss this one back into the library.

I'm sure it's very accurate, which I appreciate. Just, not enough to wade through a bunch more descriptions to get anywhere. It didn't help that I was coming to dislike the point of view character, but to me that's less important.

If you like historically accurate descriptions of 1940s NYC and PI mystery and murder, this might be for you.
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terriaminute | 29 andre anmeldelser | Dec 4, 2022 |

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19
Medlemmer
1,847
Popularitet
#13,932
Vurdering
½ 3.7
Anmeldelser
54
ISBN
105
Sprog
15
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