The Prestige

The Prestige by Christopher Priest
Christopher Priest
3
Dec 7, 2021

The Prestige tells the story of two rivaling magicians, Angier and Borden, both trying to outsmart and outwit the other one, and ultimately attain more fame than the other. Although I really enjoyed the concept of the story, I didn’t care too much for how the author went about telling the story. There were multiple timeline jumps, and most of the story was told through the perspective of the magicians’ ancestors. It was confusing at times to understand what perspective and part of the story I was at, since it wasn’t clarified most of the time. Another interesting aspect was that the parts that were told through the perspectives of Angier and Borden were told through their journal entries, so everything was told in past tense. I still can’t really decide if I liked this or not. It was nice that I could see both of their opinions on the same events, but at the same time it complicated things because there would be multiple time skips before the other magicians side of the story was told. Overall, I still enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it to anyone who likes nontraditional ways of storytelling.

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Emily N.

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