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Review: The Prestige

The Prestige by Christopher Priest
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The story is introduced with a mystery being dangled like a carrot in front of us rabbit readers by a mystery package alluding to past association to a birth family who means nary a thing to a man adopted at a very early age. Yet, unknowingly, he was being drawn to the sender of the package to discover his family’s dark past. Despite this character being a bit of an average guy, I actually like this beginning but it didn’t last very long as it is merely introductory.

The main meat of the book is told from 2 perspectives. There are 2 sides to every story, they say, and so, we are privilege to hear from both warring sides. What was to be a silly action of a righteous young man carried a much higher consequence than he had ever known and carried on to be a lifetime of rivalry to outdo each other to sabotage, revenge, and a life of misery.

I have to admit that I just didn’t like this story –it conflicted with my personality too much for me to appreciate the craft. The carrying of grudges, revenge via sabotages or outdoing each other and then somehow, avoiding face to face confrontation (and therefore, circumventing any sort of resolution) was a too highly strung sort of emotional novel.

I couldn’t even appreciate the ending where the ‘original’ mystery was being somewhat resolved. Meh! Maybe I’ll just return that DVD without watching it….

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