: Falling Angel: A Novel (): William Hjortsberg: Falling Angel: A Novel and millions of other books are available for Amazon. In , Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg was published in hardcover, but it didn’t make a really big splash until the following year when the. To show you what I mean, let’s turn today’s spotlight on William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel. The inspiration for Alan Parker’s film Angel Heart.

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The movie has a few missteps but it is still pretty powerful stuff.


Aug 12, Delee rated it it was amazing Shelves: The investigation takes many unexpected turns and eventually Harry ends up involved with blues musicians, fake swamis, voodoo priestesses and a satanic cult. When his fellowship ended in hjorrtsberg, Hjortsberg was discouraged, still unpublished, and making ends meet as a grocery store stock boy.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Posted by Will Errickson at 4: Afterward I saw the movie again – which I’d never really liked much before – and found out it aged really well and Hjortserg actually enjoyed it. While this doesn’t invalidate the story, it does mean that you get thwacked in the forehead with foreshadowing every other paragraph or so.

Twenty-five years later, I read the novel that would become that movie. Hjortberg a joy to discover it is now available for Kindle.

The language is stunningly beautiful. Having read the book before and after the movie was released, I can say that it is a good adaptation. Notify me of new comments via email. That is to say that this is not a bad book at all, just one that wasn’t in my wheelhouse.

As such, there are some racist comments and remarks, as well as some slang with which I was unfamiliar. Hjortsberg is a difficult author to find on the shelves. Just gonna take me a while, though. 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 bothyou have a choice to make because you can only experience this snarled bundle of twisted conclusions one time.


Mar 22, Kimberly rated it really liked it Shelves: And each have an upside down star or inverted pentagram on their person. Cypher doesn’t just take what is his from the start.

I first read Falling Angel in Love when that happens! Hardcoverlimited Editionpages. The obviousness of the plot and the literary devices did make it extra-amusing that my copy was annotated by someone who pointed out all the most obvious things: Hjortsberg also does a wonderful job on the atmosphere of New York City in the ’50’s.

Living for the Screen: A mysterious and very patrician figure hires him to find a once-famous swing-band singer who disappeared during the second World War. I would argue that the scene wasn’t even really necessary to hjortsherg plot, and it was so over the top that I was truly offended.

It’s a great setup and Hjortsberg brilliantly describes the New York City of the late s. This does have some really eerie moments, Aangel, no doubt about that…. When the attorney Herman Winesap calls him and says he hjoortsberg a job for him, Harry has no idea that he is about to descend into the darkest, most terrifying case of his career.

I’ll have to review it one day myself. Although this book is quite gruesome and violent, and has elements that I often prefer to avoid, — still it is an incredible, compelling, astonishing book, and one that sticks in my mind. But the closer I came towards the end, the more I realized that there’s something just a wee bit off kilter here and then I got the surprise of my life.


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Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg

The second, a post-apocalyptic tale of a man who creates dreams, was later hkortsberg in condensed form in Penthouse. As Angel tracks down leads, looks fallinng people, and so on, readers get a sense of what the city is like. One feels like you’re in the bars and jazz clubs sitting right beside Angel and walking down the streets along side him. So far, so good. There’s the private detective, Harold Angel, working out of a crappy little office, dressed sloppily, with stains on his tie; places that people wouldn’t go to after dark; a private hospital in the country, characters involved in the dark world of voodoo and black magic etc.

Lists with This Book. It also has a strong Hjorfsberg element, too.

The seediness and the grit of it just does wonders for me. Several of the characters are not what they seem to be, and the supernatural is woven in several ways into the story.

Murder Workshops and Presentations. What seems fairly straightforward at first glance becomes more and more compl William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel was the basis for the movie Angel Heartand, Mickey Rourke notwithstanding, it’s a mighty fine adaptation. In it, Harry Angel is hired by Lou Cyphre get it? Thanks for the kind words, Mizabigail.


Falling Angel

View all 9 comments. There was plenty of gruesome horror, and a nice dose of hard-boiled violence, and the story kept me wanting to read much later than I should have been. Angel is forced to visit reporters, libraries and consult things known as phone books.