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MOBI ô DOC The Prestige 9780312858865 ↠ CHRISTOPHER PRIEST ↠ [KINDLE] ✿ The Prestige Author Christopher Priest – In 1878 two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance From this moment on their lives become webs of deceit and revelation aAlry will take them to the peaks of their careers but with terrible conseuences In the course of pursuing each other's ruin they will deploy all the deception their magicians' craft can command the highest misd Dueling illusionists' ongoing battle in the late Victorian era has conseuences for future generations This is a masterpiece of epistolary style writing The reader is set up mirroring the art of the illusionist The Prestige explores issues relating to social class and gender artistry vs science one's perspective shaping the truth and the dangers of limitless ambition The illusionists' duel and their uest to be true masters provides for a couple of intriguing Faustian bargains in this truly marvelous novel Yet we as readers are also being deceived until it all finally unravels One of the best novels in a structural sense that I've read Well worth the time

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Irection and the darkest scienceBlood will be spilled but it will not be enough In the end their legacy will pass on for generationsto descendants who must for their sanity's sake untangle the puzzle left to th Let's get one thing out of the way I preferred the movie It was a tenser experience with much compelling motivations to drive the characters forward More importantly the movie succeeded in obscuring plotholes where the novel did notNevertheless much like the magic trick at the centre of Christopher Priest's The Prestige the original version is inventive for having been the first and all the enjoyable for not having technology as an aid to bolster the haunting taleIt's a damn fine book that is than able to stand on its own It would have been nice to experience it without knowing what the hell was going on but then I'm also glad to have had that experience with Christopher Nolan's version While some might feel a sense of frustration at the source material being overshadowed I think that in this case the book and the movie actually act as perfect companions for one another I'm sure if I scroll down the reviews I'll find plenty of other people who've already made this comparison but given that it's a story of doppelgangers and neverending feuds it's fitting to say that they are both as worthy of being called The Prestige as the other

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The PrestigeIntwo young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance From this moment on their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one anotherTheir riv My error at first was to assume that the sheer brilliance of the effect would be enough to dazzle my audiences What I was neglecting was one of the oldest axioms of magic that the miracle of the trick must be made clear by the presentation Audiences are not easily misled so the magician must provoke their interest hold it then confound every expectation by performing the apparently impossible Christopher Priest The Prestige The Prestige Christopher Priest’s highly inventive masterfully crafted tale written in the grand tradition of Victorian novels of mystery and suspense specifically Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White use of multiple narrators and Moonstone epistolary novel The language is so well tuned and exact so vividly clear many the time turning the pages I felt as if I was launched miraculously back into the streets flats and performance halls of turn of the century London So compelling and thrilling my response to the British author repeats esteemed critic Garry Indiana's words regarding the literary output of Georges Simenon “I know how he does it but I have no idea how he can do it” Christopher Priest what a marvelous weaver of fictional magic And speaking of magic please read on True the novel begins and ends at a country estate in modern day England where journalist Andrew Westley and Lady Kate Angier both young and single take turns narrating as they sit together and move about in Kate’s family mansion however this is but the frame – the bulk of the narrative consists of the respective diaries of two of their long dead ancestors Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier illustrious stage magicians who had been engaged in a bitter vindictive rivalry protracted over many years beginning in the late nineteenth century The plot is simply too good and contains too many surprises for me to divulge any tantalizing secrets thus I will shift my observations to a number of the novel’s underlying themes and philosophical enigmas Illusion Counterpoint to nimble skill and dexterity performing sleight of hand and misdirection concealment and manipulation on stage Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier are also master illusionists as each pens his diary Claiming the two magicians are less than reliable narrators is understatement as we are never entirely certain where the illusions start and where they stop where reality begins and where it ends Now you read it now you don’t And in case you might not catch the shift since it is so easy to miss there is one short chapter of the novel where Christopher Priest deftly slides into telling the tale in objective third person – a crafty authorial variation on now you read it now you don’t Revenge Ah retaliation vengeance payback reprisal the juice of mountains of fiction and generous helpings of history But as both Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier discover the hard way the aftermath of vengeful words and actions are never nearly as clear cut and confined as we might conceive In many cases the person extracting revenge is completely oblivious to the full range of conseuences sometimes affecting men women and children over a number of generations Secrecy An enormous part of a stage magician’s art is secrecy how the trick is performed Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier extend their secrecy to nearly all aspects of their personal and professional lives Of course the secrets one has the possibility of being discovered But while a secret remains a secret the magician maintains a power an advantage over his audience if stage magic; over his family and associates if his secret pertains to his personal life The ultimate di