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Having reviewed over 1100 books on this blog, I have now written one myself. Motherdarling is a story about a search for a missing Will which reveals long-hidden family secrets. It is available on Kindle through Amazon. Read it and find out whether this critic can write. I live in Canterbury, England. I lived for more than thirty years in Bedford. Having retired from teaching; I became a research student at the University of Bedfordshire researching into Liminality. I achieved my PhD in 2019. I am now properly retired. I love reading! I enjoy in particular fiction (mostly great and classic fiction although I also enjoy whodunnits), biography, history and smart thinking. Follow me on twitter: @daja57

Saturday, 5 December 2015

"The Prestige" by Christopher Priest

A young journalist, born in the late 1960s and haunted by an identical twin who has no birth certificate, investigates a mysterious case of bilocation at a mysterious estate in Derbyshire. There he learns about his great-grandfather, a magician whose signature trick was to disappear from one cabinet and immediately reappear in another. He also hears about his great-grandfather's greatest rival, another magician whose family now live in the estate. This second magician also invented a bilocation trick but he was able to manifest the reappearance at a much greater distance, and also as quickly. How are these tricks done: using doubles, identical twins or the new powers of electricity as developed by inventor Nikolas Tesla? And what is the dark secret that led to the killing of a little boy?

The world of Victorian magic, spiritism and sordid secrets is recreated in eerie detail. And through it all, the reader is asking himself how his attention is being manipulated so that he can be deceived.

"An illusion has three stages."

  • Set up (my hands are empty, my sleeves are too, the cup is solid ...)
  • Performance (the prestidigitation)
  • Prestige (the product of the magic, the rabbit)
Spooky.

December 2015; 360 pages

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