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 terrible twilight world - the world of "the glamour".
©2012 Christopher Priest (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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"Thought provoking and gripping"
This is a compelling story as the reader tries to work out what is happening in the world of the central character after he suffers brain damage as the consequence of a terrorist bomb and loses his memory. The world seems familiar yet unreal. He is contacted by a previous girlfriend and learns about a hidden world.
While the story is gripping, the psychological themes explored are profound: what constitutes memory, consciousness and individuality and how these can be manipulated.
The narration is good.
In all, a haunting novel and thoroughly recommended.
"A little slender, a little tedious..."
I was looking forward to this book, having loved The Prestige...
There just didn't seem to be much to the story, I kept expecting a huge twist, or a big reveal, but it really seems to be just this one small idea, stretched out over a whole novel...
Apart from an obvious error in Chapter 17, where the mistake has been left in, and not edited out, Barnaby Edwards gives a consistent performance throughout. My personal preference would have been to have less overtly creepy and portentous male character voices, but otherwise a good performance.
I have two chapters left, so I'm going to stick with it, but to be honest this has been a rather boring book... :(
Enjoyed this book immensely. Will be listening to more from this Superb author.
Read very well too!
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