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The Prestige by Christopher Priest

By Christopher Priest

Within the smoke-and-mirrors international of Victorian song halls, gifted younger level magicians vie to be often called the easiest illusionist in London. each one of them plays a masterful and likely very unlikely phantasm, and every is decided to resolve the key of his rival’s trick at any fee. yet what starts off out as specialist jealousy quickly escalates right into a sour and lethal obsession whose negative effects will nonetheless be felt a century later through their descendants, who've their very own impressive purposes for desirous to notice the reality.

One of Christopher Priest’s so much acclaimed works and winner of either the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the area fable Award, The Prestige is an ingeniously developed leisure, a masterpiece of misdirection the place not anything is what it kind of feels. Readers who've noticeable the 2006 movie version directed by means of Christopher Nolan will locate that notwithstanding the publication stocks many similarities with the motion picture, it additionally includes many surprises, in addition to a chilling finishing that the reader won't ever see coming.

“A taut, twisting, prize-winning tale of 2 magicians and their fin-de-siècle competition that taints successive generations in their respective households. Electrifying results and a deft dealing with of mysteries and their reasons (some final tantalizingly incomplete) in an all of sudden compelling fusion of peculiar technological know-how and legerdemain.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Enthrallingly bizarre. a gently calculated interval kind that's remarkably comparable to that of the overdue Robertson Davies. Priest has introduced it off with nice mind's eye and skill.” – Publishers Weekly

“Lushly set within the velvet-cloaked, smoke-and-mirrors global magic in turn-of-the-century London, this remarkable novel interweaves the sour competition and unusual secrets and techniques of 2 magicians. the tale is significantly complicated but like a stunning magic act itself: a chain of completely performed illusions that construct in suspense and trouble. the result's a shock that marvelously satisfies the myriad genres that Priest has effectively controlled to merge and rework during this eerie fictional sleight of hand.” – Entertainment Weekly

The Prestige is a brilliantly built leisure, with a plot as uncomplicated and complicated as a nest of chinese language bins … a dizzying magic convey of a singular, chock-a-block with the entire props of Victorian sensation fiction.” – Washington Post

“It’s a rare functionality, his top publication in years, might be his most sensible ever. hugely recommended.” – The long island evaluate of technology Fiction

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