Marisha Pessl’s NIGHT FILM
I don’t want to give any of the plot away in this review because a huge part of this book is experiencing it. Pessl immerses you in a world where fact and fiction blur, the magical and the explained co-exist and the truth is not necessarily the answer to the questions asked.
Central to the story is the Cordova family. The patriarch of the family is a reclusive and revered film maker whose life and art is shrouded in mystery, most of which he has created himself. His films have created their own mythology that he uses to hide behind. Journalist Scott McGrath believes something more sinister lies beneath this veneer but has been unable to dig up anything concrete without his own reputation being severely burned.
Night Film is a wild ride of a novel. I read an eBook proof and was amazed by the interactivity built into the story. Apparently there is also an app coming that enables the print reader to engage even more, all of which only immerses you as a reader into a world that already blurs fact and fiction and is dotted with clues hidden and dangled in front of your eyes.
Pessl deftly takes you on a journey that ebbs and flows from the rational and analytical to the disbelieving and magical until eventually breaking down your walls of resistance which only helps shroud everything in a more deeper mystery. Pessl confirms the deep talent she has and delivers a novel that you will first debate with yourself before engaging others to see what they thought. A true book to digest, discuss and deliberate upon by a writer like no other.
ISBN: 9780091953799 ISBN-10: 0091953790 Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) Format: Paperback (234mm x 153mm x 43mm) Pages: 624 Imprint: Hutchinson Publisher: Cornerstone Publish Date: 29-Aug-2013 Country of Publication: United Kingdom