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Christopher Priest
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The Glamour

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  652 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Cameraman Richard Grey's memory has blanked out the few weeks before he was injured in a car bomb explosion. When he is visited by a girl who seems to have been his lover, his attempts to recall the forgotten period produce an odyssey through France and conflicting accounts of what happened. When Susan Kewley speaks to him of that time, he finds himself glimpsing a terribl ...more
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Published by John Curley & Associates (first published 1984)
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This is how a really good plot twist works: you know, almost right from the start, that there's going to be a twist, and that you're going to be woefully underprepared for it. The author drops clues, doubles back on himself, invalidates previous clues and adds a few red herrings. About halfway in, you start to realise you've worked out what the twist is going to be - it's a clever one, most people won't get it, and you're not entirely certain yourself but if you're right, goddamnit, then it's go ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was really looking forward to this as Christopher Priest is yet to let me down. Pretty much everything I've read by him has been fantastic and this is no exception.

Again exploring themes common to Priest's other work; identity, memory and the human condition.

Written from a collection of narrative view points, some in first person, some in third person, Richard Grey is recovering from a car bomb attack both physically and mentally. He has no memory of the events in the few weeks leading up to t
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
News photographer Richard Grey is recovering from an accident that has caused severe damage to his body and left him with gaps in his recent memory. In hospital, a young woman named Susan Kewley meets him, claiming that they were in a relationship during the time that he has forgotten. He cannot remember, but is nonetheless drawn to her. Hypnotherapy unearths memories of his time with her, he is declared cured of his amnesia and physically on the mend. He leaves the hospital and returns to Londo ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could strike the entire last chapter and somehow force a new one I would. Until I reached it I was ready to give this a solid five stars and then ... blup. A nasty wet soft slap of ... I don't know what. I'll give Priest the benefit of the doubt and assume that this was his intended ending all along but it sure did feel like he wrote himself into a corner and gave up.

But still! Everything leading up to that was a great example of not only an unreliable narrator but unreliable narrators plur
Most people appear to believe that the definitive novel about invisibility is H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man. This book is comparatively unknown, but IMHO far more interesting. I really liked it.

To start off with: what does "invisible" mean? It's not as obvious as one first thinks.

How do you become invisible without becoming actually invisible? Hang onto that question, because it matters.

I've read a good chunk of Christopher Priest's body of work, and this one might just be my favorite of his novels. It's a tightly constructed psychological thriller that not only places its characters in tense situations, but continuously undermines the reader's confidence in what seem to be the underlying realities of the story.

This may sound gimmicky, but Priest, at his cool, precise be
Give it 3.5.

This is a tough book to review. I'm not even sure what genre it slips into. It's well written by a competent author, but I found myself getting very frustrated a times throughout. Yet how much of that frustration was just me being manipulated by the author in conveying the frustration of his characters?

Richard Grey, convalescing in hospital after extensive injuries sustained in a bomb attack and suffering amnesia is visited by an odd woman claiming to be from his past. Richard sees t
Tracey-anne McCartney
This book was recommended to me, and, of course, I was instantly connected to the 'glamour' element. I love this play on the mind, tricking, shifting. The story of Grey has you wanting to turn the pages. A need to solve the riddle of invisibility, of relationships caught in a complex tale of possibilities. I found myself pondering further on 'what ifs'...some books are brilliant in making you extend imagination beyond the normal mindset. This is one of them. A great psychological read and talent ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il mio nome è Nessuno.

Narrativa slipstream, che è? Scopro si tratta di un genere di storie studiate apposta per confondere il lettore. Chi ha seguito Lost in TV capirà immediatamente. Nei romanzi di Priest, se un personaggio racconta qualcosa di sé, puntualmente arriva un altro personaggio a raccontare cose diverse, smentendo il primo. Allora torna in scena il primo e fa vacillare la credibilità del secondo. C'è un terzo personaggio, un personaggio fortissimo, potentissimo, ma invisibile, un po'
Mar 28, 2014 Petr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jednodušší a srozumitelnější než The Adjacent. Milostný příběh s tajemstvím, brilantně napsaný. Priest opět střídá zorné úhly a vypravěče a opět musíte dávat pozor na každé slovo, protože autor hraje se čtenářem nebezpečnou hru. Nelže, ale snaží se zmást, přichytit vás, když nedáváte pozor, když se příliš spolehnete na své předpoklady. Forma skvěle koresponduje s obsahem, který se točí právě kolem pozornosti, vnímání, viditelnosti a neviditelnosti. Místy to člověka dovede až k paranoidnímu čtení ...more
Apr 18, 2008 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strange, read-2007
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Feb 17, 2015 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've never really been a fan of non-linear plots, and this was no exception. Good story, and a very unique concept, but was a little over the top on sentimentality in the opening sixty pages. I was much too anxious for those two to get out of France as fast as possible. I can understand that every page can't always be enthralling, but how many meals and strolls does a person have to be subjected to reading before we get the picture? Someone - I'm not sure who - said the key to writing was to wri ...more
Eugene Novikov
Oct 19, 2014 Eugene Novikov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more Priest one reads, obviously, the more themes and narrative devices start to repeat -- I'll admit I rolled my eyes a bit when it became clear that this was doing *both* the split-universe thing from The Separation *and* the mobius-strip narrative of The Affirmation -- but Priest's imagination is so fertile and his writing so gripping that it kind of doesn't matter. Of the Priest novels I've made it through, this is actually the one where his trademark ambiguity seems the most productive, ...more
Mar 29, 2016 frogfairie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will mess with your head. I need to read it again!
My Inner Shelf
Priest fait partie de mes chouchous, le voici avec encore ne fois un récit à plusieurs points de vue, souvent contradictoires. L’auteur aime semer le doute, qui raconte quoi, qui a vécu quoi, qui aime qui, on ne sait plus vraiment, on croit comprendre, jusqu’à ce que de nouveaux faits contredisent les précédents. Sous une habile narration frisant l’extravagance, Priest évoque, via le thème de l’invisibilité, les inégalités sociales, ce que l’on souhaite ou refuse de voir, selon son propre intérê ...more
Dec 25, 2012 Leif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Priest's The Glamour is a staggering and self-referential spiral that devours itself, producing a series of disorienting narrative shifts in vision, imagination, and ultimately knowledge. A number of stories are effectively told (of which Susan's perhaps the most compelling). The cumulative influence of the novel is chilling for its more-than-a-touch bitter nature, but along the way there is plenty of compelling material here.

We all make fictions. Not one of us is what we seem. When
Jenny Sparrow
После потрясающего The Prestige by Christopher Priest я хотела обязательно продолжить знакомство с этим автором, и выбор мой после недолгих раздумий пал на роман The Glamour (читала в оригинале).

Исходя из названия можно предположить, что роман представляет из себя некий немудрящий чик-лит, повествующий о шмотках и шоппинге, но это вовсе не так. Гламур у Приста обозначает нечто совсем иное. Кто-то жаждет его, кто-то пытается вырваться из него, у кого-то просто нет выбора, и ему до конца жизни при
This book isn't at all what it seems. You begin by thinking it's a typical literary piece in a contemporary setting, but soon it hits you that it's so much more than that. A man, Richard, is caught in a terrorist bombing and is left severely injured with amnesia. A mystery woman, Susan, from his life before the incident, appears in an effort to reboot his memory, but only achieving in shaking his world entirely as he struggles to define reality from memory, truth from illusion. The chapters are ...more
Nov 25, 2011 Sergei_kalinin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Гламур - это вовсе не то, о чём большинство из вас могло подумать :) В данной книге гламур - это способность некоторой особой резновидности людей (?) становиться невидимыми, как бы закутываясь в некоторое "отводящее взгляды, очаровывающее облако". В древнешотландском "глэм" - это очарованность, искаженное, заколдованное вем-то восприятие/сознание.

О книге: фактически, это шедевр :) Интрига держит в напряжении до последнего момента, каждая новая часть ставит на уши смысл предудыщей части.

В первой
Christopher Priest is probably best known for ‘The Prestige’, a novel about rival magicians which was later adapted into a reasonably successful film by Christopher Nolan. How interesting, then, that this book bears an intriguing partial resemblance to another one of Nolan’s films, ‘Memento’. Interesting, but not particularly telling, since amnesia and the unreliable narrator are relatively devices common in modern film and literature. Perhaps the only thing the film and this book truly have in ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Identity, memory, truth and fiction... All typical Christopher Priest themes, but here laboured in a way that repeats and bludgeons itself toward an obvious dénouement, rather than enticing, seducing, blindsiding and challenging the reader into imaginative speculation, as do so many of his other writings. Overlong, overwrought, underrealised and disappointing.
Berna Labourdette
Sep 15, 2016 Berna Labourdette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Priest es una maravilla contando historias que no son lo que parecen ser. Somos enfrentados a la angustia del protagonista; Richard, quien, luego de un accidente, queda amnésico y descubre, gracias a una novia; que ambos poseen (por extraño que parezca) el glamour: el poder de pasar desapercibidos, de no ser vistos. Este poder es compartido por un ex novio, quien aparece para formar un extraño triángulo amoroso, porque su poder es tal, que ni siquiera puede ser visto por Richard. Comienza a esca ...more
Katerina Dudkina
хороший сюжет, интересный, интриги, загадки, неопределенности, читается быстро и легко. но сам финал разочаровал немного. поэтому 3/5
Alex S
Oct 29, 2014 Alex S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Glamour has to rank among the best books I've ever read - a thought-provoking and fascinating page turner and a harrowing nightmare of alternate realities/personas that will blow your mind. Priest is a master of psychological horror - if you enjoyed his books The Dream Archipelago and The Affirmation, you will absolutely love this.

The Glamour reads like one of those vivid dreams that leave you confused and full of questions. Don't let the drab cover art, title or mundane-sounding blurb put
Oct 14, 2008 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book picked by my bookgroup and it was good.
There was a knowledge that there was something beyond your grasp in what was written and that this was intentional so that you were always reaching for it.

An interesting book about whats real and whats not and how its relative to the person. Certainly intrigued me and I wanted to find out more as each piece of the puzzle was revealed and then sometimes shown to not necessarily be the truth.

Worth giving a go and seeing what you think.

I real
Jan 04, 2016 Eva added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one really.
Started out interesting enough, but got rather messy towards the end.
Oct 15, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although the ending left me puzzled it still deserves a 5 star. The story had me completely gripped that I was desperate for the work day to end so I could get reading again.
If I had all the time in the world I'd probably read it again straight away bit too many other books to read! I may just read the final chapter again. I do love Christopher Priest!
Sep 07, 2011 Liviu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-sf, read_2011
This is just an awesome book that both makes sense and it doesn't if that makes sense... Confused, well that's the author's trademark, but it is the exceptional sort of confusion that enlightens...

Read it and read it again at least once. A great story with superb characters and one of the best novels I've read in a long time.
Martin Lake
Apr 28, 2012 Martin Lake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been a big fan of Priest's earlier fiction when I picked this up. It felt like a new direction from his earlier work but was, nonetheless, built on the same foundations.

It was mind-boggling. Priest took a simple though bizarre notion and played with it in a deft and controlled manner. It is a novel which utterly beguiles.
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Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968.

He has published eleven novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction.

He has written drama for radio (BBC Radio 4) and television (Thames TV and HTV). In
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