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The glamour by Christopher Priest

The glamour (original 1984; edition 1985)

by Christopher Priest

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Title:The glamour
Authors:Christopher Priest
Info:London : Book Club Associates, 1985, c1984.
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The Glamour by Christopher Priest (1984)


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Priest is a good writer unfortunately given to some pretty tiresome po-mo autorial trickery. This might have been a pretty good book about memory, storytelling and identity. Priest apparently ran out of things to say about these interesting topics and veers into loudly reaffirming that this book is his world and we just read along in it. You now probably know enough to move on. ( )
2 vote ehines | Jun 8, 2012 |
Richard Grey is recovering from injuries sustained when a car bomb exploded near him. He has amnesia about the time prior to the explosion. A woman named Sue Kewley appears at the convalescent home and tells him that they were lovers. They had broken up because of Sue’s former lover Niall. The rest of the story is about Richard trying to recover the memories of there doomed relationship. His memories are very different from Sue’s. Her explanation sounds far fetched because she claims they have “the glamour” a form of invisibility and that Niall, who is infinitely more invisible than they are, stalked them throughout there relationship.

This is another reality bending novel by Christopher Priest. Many questions are left unanswered at the end. Who is Niall really and why are Richard’s memories so different than Sue’s? Is their really such a thing as “the glamour” or is Sue insane? The description of the people that have “the glamour” reminded me of homeless people who are invisible in our society. ( )
1 vote craso | Mar 23, 2008 |
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I found the basic premise intriguing. What if some people were so self-effacing, so unwilling to impose themselves on their fellows and their surroundings that they became literally impossible to see?... This makes good psychological sense but it leaves an emptiness at the core of the book that Mr. Priest's ingenious shuffling of narrative voices and points of view cannot disguise.

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Ich habe versucht, mich zu erinnern, wo es begann, habe über meine frühe Kindheit nachgedacht und mich gefragt, ob damals etwas geschehen sein könnte, das mich zu dem machte, was ich bin.
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