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The Prestige
by Christopher Priest | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by ApoloniaX of Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal on 9/23/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by ApoloniaX from Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Priest, one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists (1983 list), has not been overproductive since he made a small reputation with The Affirmation and The Glamour, published here more than a dozen years ago. His new novel (the title of which refers to the residue left after a magician's successful trick) is enthrallingly odd. In a carefully calculated period style that is remarkably akin to that of the late Robertson Davies, Priest writes of a pair of rival magicians in turn-of-the-century London. Each has a winning trick the other craves, but so arcane is the nature of these tricks, so incredibly difficult are they to perform, that they take on a peculiar life of their own?in one case involving a mysterious apparent double identity, in the other a reliance on the ferocious powers unleashed in the early experimental years of electricity. The rivalry of the two men is such that in the end, though both are ashamed of the strength of their feelings of spite and envy, it consumes them both, and affects their respective families for generations. This is a complex tale that must have been extremely difficult to tell in exactly the right sequence, while still maintaining a series of shocks to the very end. Priest has brought it off with great imagination and skill. It's only fair to say, though, that the book's very considerable narrative grip is its principal virtue. The characters and incidents have a decidedly Gothic cast, and only the restraint that marks the story's telling keeps it on the rails. (Publishers Weekly) 


Journal Entry 2 by ApoloniaX at the mail, RABCK Drawing Winner -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, December 06, 2009

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Released 7 yrs ago (12/7/2009 UTC) at the mail, RABCK Drawing Winner -- Controlled Releases

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Travelling to hyphen8, who won it at the "Nothing-to-see-here-move-along-RABCK-draw"
Happy reading!
 


Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Friday, December 18, 2009

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This book was waiting for me when I got home from work today - along with a bunch of wonderful little labels!

Thanks very much. :)

I will do my best to find a new home for this book once I've read it.

I was wondering why the font size on this journal entry is so small..but I think maybe it's because the previous journaler forgot to close the HTML font size code? (Looks like the slash is missing.) 


Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, March 28, 2010

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I love this cover image. I think I might have found the book more confusing if I hadn't seen the film first, but I didn't find it any less creepy for knowing the heart of the two magicians' secrets.

Two men whose lives are inextricably tied together by their similarities and their differences; they might have been friends but instead their rivalry pushes them both to extremes.

Excellent stuff. I may save this book for round 3 of collectorkerri's 1st sentences VBB. :) 


Journal Entry 5 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, May 10, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (5/10/2010 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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This book has been chosen from collectorkerri's 1st Sentences VBB and is on the way to its new home. Happy reading! 


Journal Entry 6 by kasenka at Rautjärvi, Etelä-Karjala / Södra Karelen Finland on Friday, May 28, 2010

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The book arrived yesterday, and looks very interesting! Thanks! 


Journal Entry 7 by kasenka at By mail, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, May 08, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (5/7/2014 UTC) at By mail, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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I sent this book yesterday to Thalasse. 


Journal Entry 8 by -solaria- at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Monday, May 12, 2014

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The book is here! I think I won't be interested in reading about stage magicians, so I'll release it at Finncon in July along with the rest of the books kasenka sent me. 


Journal Entry 9 by -solaria- at Finncon 2014 in Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland Finland on Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (7/12/2014 UTC) at Finncon 2014 in Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland Finland

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The book will be released at Finncon 2014. Happy reading! 


Journal Entry 10 by Elfbiter at Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland Finland on Sunday, July 13, 2014

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Picked up from FinnCon 2014 


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