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The Separation by Christopher Priest
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Aug 10, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: alternate-history, slipstream

The 'separation' referred to in the title is the separation of Britain and Germany as enemies during the second World War. This took place in 1941 - or did it? Twin brothers meet Rudolf Hess in Berlin during the Olympics. They later follow much different life paths, and may or may not end up in separate worlds depending on your reading of the novel. Priest seems to love the notion of the doppelganger (re: The Prestige) but uses the notion to different effect here. The plot is also somewhat reminiscent of Dick's 'The Man in the High Castle' but Priest is a better historian and it shows.

Very enjoyable overall. I only wish the majority of alternate history stories were as well-written.

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