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The Prestige por Christopher Priest
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The Prestige (1995)

por Christopher Priest

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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 as they vie to outwit and expose each other. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command, the highest misdirection and the darkest science. Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle their puzzle.… (mais)
Membro:Scribble.Orca
Título:The Prestige
Autores:Christopher Priest
Informação:Publisher Unknown, Kindle Edition
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:crime, fantasy, historical, metaphysics, murder, mystery, psychology, sci-fi

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If you've seen the movie, you should be aware that you know nothing of the book. Many details were switched around for the film and at first, I was put off by this but as I got deeper into the novel, the differences what I grew to love most about it. I loved the idea of two illusionists....[unfinished] ( )
  mkmiller90 | Jan 2, 2021 |
Honestly, the writing in this book was a bit dry and dull, the plot was only vaguely interesting until the out-of-place "twist" at the end, wrapped up in a lengthy, stumbling climax and a demouement of cheap theatrics, and the movie was much better. Yes, really -- the movie was better. Skip the book unless you've got nothing better to do with your time than see how the movie improved on the novel. ( )
  apotheon | Dec 14, 2020 |
The book is kind of different from the movie, but equally good! If you've seen the movie and worry that you know the big secret so you don't want to read the book - read the book! It's really interesting and different in its own right! ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
I was given this by a co-worker (Travis Riddle) after many discussions about Christopher Nolan's movies (as director), many of which pertained to his directorship of "The Prestige". I had come across the novel at the Hershey Library once and found out by that, that the movie was based off a novel, but had no idea how closely based on it. Unfortunately for the longest time it was not available at the library, and I found out that the library somehow lost (I suppose a patron never returned the book) the book. So, thoughtfully, Travis loaned me his copy.

I'm not going to write this review as a "movie vs. book" review, because that does the book itself no favors insofar as a review, especially given that the book predates the movie (as is 99.9% of the time). I will say that, the parts that needed to be made for the movie were made, and that the parts that didn't need to be made/written... weren't, and I think that should suffice.

The novel is written in a very unique way that definitely works for it, though I think the book-endings of the journalist are the least interesting and the most "unneeded". Especially with the lackluster ending to the journalist/novel itself.

The unique way that the novel is written, definitely works for it, and makes it probably more interesting than if it was written chronologically and as a normal narrative. And typically (and this is a case in point) I enjoy novels written in a unique and distinctive way. And this is superbly done in that fashion. As there really isn't enough MEAT to their overall feud, and not enough full on tension between Borden vs. Angier that I think written in this way, with the two book-ending framing devices of the journalist's "now/present" that it adds the tension that the narrative needs. I will say at times the novel proceeds slowly and at other times lightening fast; insofar as my interest to it goes. At times I found the Borden sections boring and interesting, likewise at times I found the Angier journal entries boring and interesting. So at various times I found myself a bit "slogged" on the reading (for both main characters) and at other times super interested and read at a faster/more welcomed pace.

I also enjoyed the ambiguity left by the idea that neither Borden nor Angier is an outright protagonist or antagonist. Likewise the ambiguity of Borden is also pretty interesting until near the ending when its made far more clear-cut.

The ending is probably the biggest (maybe only true) detriment to the novel. In that it just 'ends' in such a lackluster and wholly unsatisfactory way. So the phantom escapes the crypt, doesn't pursue the journalist, and is basically forced to haunt the world forever...maybe? Unless there is more to it, or something I missed on that, it seems he is kind of just a phantom, haunting, for the rest of his life, and thats just that. Or is maybe this the ending for him due to the spiritual release from the crypt? (At this point, realism breaks down a fair bit).

Altogether, the novel doesn't delve too much into the ethics/metaphysics of what either does, be it Borden with his twin brother living a single life, or be it Angier and his creating duplicates and having them immediately killed. There is a lot of ambiguity on motives and how characters should behave and very little on why they do so ethically and what they think of their actions and the ramifications thereof.


Altogether though, its a very intriguing, interesting, and entertaining novel, and I think Nolan's adaption of it was pretty superb. ( )
  BenKline | Jul 1, 2020 |
A feud gone too far
hurting the great-great-grandkids
all for a dumb trick. ( )
2 vote Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
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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 as they vie to outwit and expose each other. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command, the highest misdirection and the darkest science. Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle their puzzle.

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