Two 19th century stage illusionists, the aristocratic Rupert Angier and the working class Alfred Borden, engage in a bitter and deadly feud the effects are still being felt by their respective families a hundred years later Working in the gaslight and velvet world of Victorian music halls, they prowl edgily in the background of each other s shadowy life, driven to the exTwo 19th century stage illusionists, the aristocratic Rupert Angier and the working class Alfred Borden, engage in a bitter and deadly feud the effects are still being felt by their respective families a hundred years later Working in the gaslight and velvet world of Victorian music halls, they prowl edgily in the background of each other s shadowy life, driven to the extremes by a deadly combination of obsessive secrecy and insatiable curiosity At the heart of the row is an amazing illusion they both perform during their stage acts The secret of the magic is simple, and the reader is in on it almost from the start, but to the antagonists the real mystery lies deeper Both have something to hide than the mere workings of a trick.
The Prestige Two th century stage illusionists the aristocratic Rupert Angier and the working class Alfred Borden engage in a bitter and deadly feud the effects are still being felt by their respective familie
Really amazing I thought I knew the real story based on the movie, but I was WRONG.I love the epistolary nature of the novel and how the story stretches through time, but my favorite bits were all between the two warring illusionists I can t believe how far the two of them went to prolong their feud of pranks It was kinda great seeing two professionals unwilling to harm their craft still work around all the little niceties to get at one another.And then while I still remembered the whole Tesla s [...]
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 PrestigeThe Prestige Christopher Priest s highly inventive, masterfully cr [...]
An illusion has three stages First there is the setup, in which the nature of what might be attempted at is hinted at, or suggested, or explained The apparatus is seen volunteers from the audience sometimes participate in preparation As the trick is being setup, the magician will make use of every possible use of misdirection The performance is where the magician s lifetime of practice, and his innate skill as a performer, cojoin to produce the magical display The third stage is sometimes called [...]
The Prestige is a novel by Christopher Priest, which was first published in 1995 It is a very imaginative and skilful novel about illusionists two stage magicians in late 1800s England, who are deadly rivals, involved in a sustained and ongoing feud They are mutually antagonistic throughout their lives and careers The title comes from the idea that stage illusions have three parts the setup, the performance, and the prestige , or effect The novel is suggestive of the supernatural, and has decide [...]
The Prestige by Christopher PriestMy rating 4 of 5 starsNot even close to what I was expecting, thankfully.Blurb Turn of the 20th Century London, two stage magicians embark on a feud of a lifetime propelling both of them to fame and fortune, pain and despair and a couple of shocking discoveries along the way, also framed by the meeting of their great grandchildren still living with the aftermath of the feud.Thoughts At its core Christopher Priest s The Prestige completely different entity to the [...]
Like many readers, I came to this book after seeing the excellent 2006 film based on it Like many other readers, I ended up preferring the film to the book as the film is a lot tightly woven and provides better motivations for the characters actions.The story, for those of you who don t know, centres on two Victorian magicians who strike up a feud and spend the next twenty years sabotaging each other s shows and trying to outperform each other, each coming up with a spectacular disappearing act [...]
Dueling illusionists ongoing battle in the late Victorian era has consequences 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 quest to be true masters provides for a couple of intriguing Faustian bargains in this truly ma [...]
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 not.Nevertheless, 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 tale.It s a damn fine book th [...]
Saw the movie not so recently, but I have to agree with almost everyone, when I say I prefer actually movie This rarely happens Of course, book has such a interesting story, and I liked it And I like how Priest wrote about Nikola Tesla who is Tesla my favourite historical figure, ever At times confusing, both movie and the book But, essentially what is important is to see how every story has like, three sides, and how revenge blinds us Makes us so so stupid So, this book I will rate with 3 stars [...]
Oddly enough, not as good as the movie
I saw the movie on the plane where else and was frantic to surf the net to find out about it when we landed I wanted to understand about the book, its author, the concepts, and background Big screen well, in this case, the small screen on the back of a plane seat is terrific but ephemeral, whereas with a book I have time for distractions, cogitation, re reading and checking things on the net You might argue that I can fiddle with Pause , Rewind , Forward and several iterations later Play , but [...]
I prefer the movie, but I m not sure if that s because I saw it first or because it condensed the confusion down to a lean story of obsession and one upmanship My reading was heavily influenced by knowing the major spoilers Should ve read the book first.Dammit, what is with the Monday morning over the shoulder snoopers Gotta make this fast Unreliable narrators, stupid feuds with real consequences that made them impossible to let go, destroying your own life through choices Each man had a chance [...]
I saw this movie years ago Loved it Still love it Top ten all time favorites list And I didn t know it was based on a book until a few years ago, but it automatically went on my TBR Because it was going to be just as amazing.Needless to say, it s difficult for me to extricate one from the other here It s also difficult for me to explain the book to anyone who hasn t read it, because I m next to positive most of us have seen the movie if not, you may want to pick up the book first in this instanc [...]
Well holy freaking hell, that was seriously intense I actually watched the movie to this back in 2006 or 2007, and while I thought I remembered everything, either I didn t, or not everything from the book made it into the movie Based on my memory of the movie I thought it was really odd that it won the World Fantasy Award This is not a problem I m having now It was strange, intriguing, and highly suspenseful.I need to go calm down now Wow.
In 1998, a young woman lures a reporter to her family s estate, where she tells him they are both descended from two stage magicians who carried on a feud for their entire careers from 1878 through 1903 and which she believes is still affecting the current generation She first provides the young man with a memoir written by his great grandfather, then tells him her memories of a childhood incident which directly involved both of them, and finally gives him her own great grandfather s account of [...]
3.5 Stars This was Hmm This book was not anything I expected Though, I m not really sure just what I expected, to be honest I alternated between thinking that this story was going to be dry and boring, or over the top magicky , or all fluffadelic like what I expect The Night Circus would be like if I could bring myself to read it I don t like circuses, or well, parties or performances or celebrations or fairs or festivals or whatever authors write about to make their books lively or something Th [...]
If one has a Reading Challenge with the category serious grudge or vengeful competition , then this is the book.I hate to say this, and friends don t beat me, but this is one of those few instances when I enjoyed the movie so much than the book I couldn t develop the right amount of interest in the game these men were playing with each other and the hate they felt for each other simply because he each wanted to be the accomplished magician Each man had questionable habits and put himself and ot [...]
Having loved the film but also been somewhat bewildered by it never watch intricate films when you should be sleeping they really won t make sense I was pretty excited to find that it was originally a book This, I figured, would be my chance to actually understand the story Well, sort of.The book is written in epistolary form, from the point of view of four main characters around 5 generations apart Two characters write in diaries these are the main characters, and the storyline that the film is [...]
I was first introduced to the book by seeing the movie I found the movie to be creative and did not see the twist ending coming I was thrilled that this was a book, and put on the long long, long, God it s so long TBR list And then promptly forgot it.Fast forward to 2017, and I stumble across a copy of the story It was time to read the book and remove at least one book from my TBR list.Because I had seen the movie, the twist in the story was not the surprise it should have been That was ok thou [...]
Not recommended for anyone allergic to SF elements or who demands a simple story told from beginning to end, or who can t cope with old fashioned prose or a slow pace.This book is quite simply a masterwork From a slow beginning, it ratchets up the tension like an old fashioned horror film, until it s truly thrilling With relatively little in the way of overt psychological insight particularly into Borden, one of the two main characters it nonetheless constructs clear, sympathetic, understandable [...]
I literally held off on reading this for YEARS because I knew I was going to love it.Heh.
page 290 It is difficult to deal with massy, inorganic compounds Living tissue is not of the same order of problem page 291 would be a simple matter with life organisms The structure is so much simpler than that of the elements WHAT.I threw the book at a couch, and when it bounced and landed open I rescued it immediately What the hell And at the same time blithely saying that energy and matter are but two manifestations of the same force in 1900 mass energy equivalence was first proposed in a 19 [...]
Loved it Certain subjects, in this case stage magic, hold a lot of appeal for me and a good book about those subjects is going to be well received by me I loved the movie also, but this book is quite different in a lot of ways It s a great example of how a good screen writer can adopt and change the author s ideas and emphasis and still come up with a good movie BTW I recall reading somewhere around the time that the movie came out that the term prestige , in the sense that it is used here, was [...]
I didn t rank this yet Did my rating disappear Much weirder and complicated than the movie Also a little stupider ghosts and yet a lot smarter nested storytelling letters within journals within flashbacks to create a compelling, complex structure.The slight of hand also tends to play better in print when you don t have to see it acted out hey, my magic trick requires a double of Hugh Jackman, let s cast Hugh Jackman.I read this years back, before the film, and it s hard to say how the one color [...]
Two magicians enter a lifelong feud One of the great stories about misunderstandings, miscommunications, betrayals, and too little, too late I may have completely lied just now.Anyway, I saw this as the movie when it came out and loved that The book is or less the same, but with another section of modern stuff and less melodrama toward the end I think I liked the book slightly than the movie, although I can see why the two versions differ.
Okay Alright Let me preface this by saying I ve already watched the film a year back, and I read this with the intention of revisiting the story by reading it That said, it was a mark of how good this book was that I was still able to be surprised by the ending There were some differences in timeline and details between the book and the film, so I still enjoyed it as the mystery that it was supposed to be.I was going to give this book 4 stars great premise, but a rather tell not show style to Pr [...]
I must say that this was a sterling novel that absolutely kept me reading until the very end But before I launch into it, here s my recommendation The book thoroughly requires the reader s participation It s not a wham bam thank you ma am kind of story and definitely NOT for readers who quickly become impatient with what they re reading It is one of those books where you re going to be thinking about what s going constantly as you read, so don t pick it up if you think you re just going to buzz [...]
4.0 stars Christopher Priest can flat out write a good story and this is no exception After reading and thoroughly enjoying one of his science fiction novels, The Inverted World A Novel, I was anxious to check out one of his other stories and chose this one While the plot and tone are completely different than The Inverted World A Novel, the strength of the story telling and the excellent writing are certainly evident The story is a sort of historical mystery with very subtle fantasy science fic [...]
3.5 starsI m not going to write a synopsis there are already enough.I ve had some real issues with this book, namely 1 The frame story What was that cult thing about Why do we get a named character with that religious cult, that never reappers Why did Kat s father view spoiler roast little Nick in the first place hide spoiler view spoiler How come, Andrew spontaneously finds his way to the vault hide spoiler That frame story was the worst thing around this book it just didn t fit the story very [...]
Really of a 4.5, but the very, very end left me enough at a loss that I rounded down instead of up This is one page turner of a debut novel I was reading it concurrently with Johnathan Strange Mr Norrell, and needless to say, this one went much quickly.The main thing I want to say about this novel is that, if you ve seen the movie based on it, you do NOT know the story of this novel I did enjoy the film, but it stands on its own apart from the book, in many ways than it resembles the written [...]