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The Affirmation por Christopher Priest
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The Affirmation (original 1981; edição 1996)

por Christopher Priest (Autor)

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Peter Sinclair is tormented by bereavement and failure. In an attempt to conjure some meaning from his life, he embarks on an autobiography, but he finds himself writing the story of another man in another, imagined, world, whose insidious attraction draws him even further in . . . THE AFFIRMATION is at once an original thriller and a haunting study of schizophrenia; it has a compulsive, dream-like quality.… (mais)
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Título:The Affirmation
Autores:Christopher Priest (Autor)
Informação:Pocket Books (1996), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages
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The Affirmation por Christopher Priest (1981)

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  fmqa | Sep 5, 2021 |
It reminded me a lot of 'Inception,' in a very good way. It's filled with a sense of melancholy that forced me to empathize with a character it was a little disturbing to empathize with. It refused to answer the questions I wanted to know - and helped me get used to the idea of not know what was real and what is misremembered. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
Much like the main character's muddled sense of reality, I often found myself enjoying this book, only to realise I was anticipating enjoying it rather than actually enjoying it, and the true pleasure of reading it never quite materialized. In fact, most of the time, my active feeling was one of annoyance. What was the author trying to do? It wasn't clear, it never became clear, and (annoyingly) it was never going to have become clear, which I wish I'd realised upon entry. I'm at ease with ambiguity and dreamlike settings (I loved Ishiguro's The Unconsoled for example) but this never cohered for me. Had he kept up a game of who-was-writing-who I think all would be well, but by the time we arrived at the "white pages" moment, he lots me entirely.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve! ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
Oh, now, this is a rare gem! :)

The blurb does NOT do it justice. Rather, try to follow me here, because this could get rather twisty, but what we've got is what seems to be a rather self-absorbed man trying to come to terms with personal tragedy, writing a manuscript that is all about learning who he is and getting over a girl, but it soon becomes an adventuresome trip through a bunch of very interesting islands, him having won the gift of immortality through a lottery ticket.

The world-building is all kinds of wonderful and there's very little big action in the novel beause it's fully content to remain introspective, thoughtful, and exploratory. We have two women that feature prominently. One is in the past and the other is one he discovered on his trip through the islands on the way to the clinic that would give him his won immortality.

So far, so good.

However, this is where memory and reality start getting wonky. He discovers that the place he wrote of in his manuscript is all a lie, a fake, but it's our modern London. The islands are "real" in every sense of the word and the new girl and the clinic are getting increasingly frustrated with him, but to make things even worse, this "immortality" treatment makes you forget everything and you have to work your way back.

So should he trust the manuscript or the people who are nursing him back to health?

Delicious storytelling. And it only gets much, much worse, speeding up the reveals in a way that's worthy for any fan of Philip K Dick OR very deep pyschological thrillers, reality benders, SF-element traditional fictions, or any wonderful texts that explore the nature of madness from within the mind of the insane.

Of course, this book is even more beautiful because there's NO definitive answer. Is this or that real? Is anything? Is he mad? Is the world he dreamed up (ours, btw,) fake?

Totally awesome.

This kind of read always gets my mind pumping, and even though the text itself is always as clear as glass, Christopher Priest manages to pull off one of the twistiest tales I've ever read. So good! :)

This is the third book I've read of his, from [b:The Inverted World|142181|The Inverted World|Christopher Priest|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1245646253s/142181.jpg|2226603] to [b:The Prestige|239239|The Prestige|Christopher Priest|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1414195709s/239239.jpg|1688160], and this one might be my favorite for it's equal portions of clarity and confouding reveals. In it's own way I think it's superior to The Prestige, even though I loved that one a LOT.

I don't know. Perhaps I just love reality/memory bendy stuff more than anything else. :)

Totally awesome. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I'm not really sure what to think about this. It's a very weird read, and very "lit fic-y" in that there's no real plot. What plot there is, is left purposely ambiguous so you never know if there's two Paul's in alternative universes who's minds are slowly converging or just one Paul who's lost his marbles.

As far as the characters... eh. The main character is very unlikable which I imagine was the point. But what makes him unlikable, his self-obsession, also means that none of the other characters are really developed in any way. Which again is probably the point, but it did make for a frustrating, and sometimes tedious, read.

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  Fardo | Oct 15, 2019 |
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Peter Sinclair is tormented by bereavement and failure. In an attempt to conjure some meaning from his life, he embarks on an autobiography, but he finds himself writing the story of another man in another, imagined, world, whose insidious attraction draws him even further in . . . THE AFFIRMATION is at once an original thriller and a haunting study of schizophrenia; it has a compulsive, dream-like quality.

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