The Prestige (Movie Tie In)
by Christopher Priest
Review by Barry Newton
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0765317346
Date: 19 September, 2006 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Merriam-Webster's online dictionary leads its definition of "prestige" with the etymology--from Middle French and Latin terms for conjuror's trick, illusion,. This sense is lost in modern usage, but it's the one intended by Christopher Priest in choosing his title. He extends this definition in the novel to include the effect of a trick or illusion on the viewer, and later takes it even further. The way he does this is, in itself, a reward for the reader. From official release/information:
Book Description: In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent seance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one another.Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magicians' craft can command--the highest misdirection and the darkest science.Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations....to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.
(Source: Tor Books)