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The Affirmation (Gollancz) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1981; vuoden 2006 painos)

– tekijä: Christopher Priest

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Peter Sinclair is tormented by bereavement and failure. In an attempt to conjure some meaning from his life, he embarks on an autobiography, but he finds himself writing the story of another man in another, imagined, world, whose insidious attraction draws him even further in . . . THE AFFIRMATION is at once an original thriller and a haunting study of schizophrenia; it has a compulsive, dream-like quality.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Affirmation (Gollancz)
Kirjailijat:Christopher Priest
Info:Gollancz (2006), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 256 pages
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It reminded me a lot of 'Inception,' in a very good way. It's filled with a sense of melancholy that forced me to empathize with a character it was a little disturbing to empathize with. It refused to answer the questions I wanted to know - and helped me get used to the idea of not know what was real and what is misremembered. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
Much like the main character's muddled sense of reality, I often found myself enjoying this book, only to realise I was anticipating enjoying it rather than actually enjoying it, and the true pleasure of reading it never quite materialized. In fact, most of the time, my active feeling was one of annoyance. What was the author trying to do? It wasn't clear, it never became clear, and (annoyingly) it was never going to have become clear, which I wish I'd realised upon entry. I'm at ease with ambiguity and dreamlike settings (I loved Ishiguro's The Unconsoled for example) but this never cohered for me. Had he kept up a game of who-was-writing-who I think all would be well, but by the time we arrived at the "white pages" moment, he lots me entirely.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve! ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
Oh, now, this is a rare gem! :)

The blurb does NOT do it justice. Rather, try to follow me here, because this could get rather twisty, but what we've got is what seems to be a rather self-absorbed man trying to come to terms with personal tragedy, writing a manuscript that is all about learning who he is and getting over a girl, but it soon becomes an adventuresome trip through a bunch of very interesting islands, him having won the gift of immortality through a lottery ticket.

The world-building is all kinds of wonderful and there's very little big action in the novel beause it's fully content to remain introspective, thoughtful, and exploratory. We have two women that feature prominently. One is in the past and the other is one he discovered on his trip through the islands on the way to the clinic that would give him his won immortality.

So far, so good.

However, this is where memory and reality start getting wonky. He discovers that the place he wrote of in his manuscript is all a lie, a fake, but it's our modern London. The islands are "real" in every sense of the word and the new girl and the clinic are getting increasingly frustrated with him, but to make things even worse, this "immortality" treatment makes you forget everything and you have to work your way back.

So should he trust the manuscript or the people who are nursing him back to health?

Delicious storytelling. And it only gets much, much worse, speeding up the reveals in a way that's worthy for any fan of Philip K Dick OR very deep pyschological thrillers, reality benders, SF-element traditional fictions, or any wonderful texts that explore the nature of madness from within the mind of the insane.

Of course, this book is even more beautiful because there's NO definitive answer. Is this or that real? Is anything? Is he mad? Is the world he dreamed up (ours, btw,) fake?

Totally awesome.

This kind of read always gets my mind pumping, and even though the text itself is always as clear as glass, Christopher Priest manages to pull off one of the twistiest tales I've ever read. So good! :)

This is the third book I've read of his, from [b:The Inverted World|142181|The Inverted World|Christopher Priest|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1245646253s/142181.jpg|2226603] to [b:The Prestige|239239|The Prestige|Christopher Priest|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1414195709s/239239.jpg|1688160], and this one might be my favorite for it's equal portions of clarity and confouding reveals. In it's own way I think it's superior to The Prestige, even though I loved that one a LOT.

I don't know. Perhaps I just love reality/memory bendy stuff more than anything else. :)

Totally awesome. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I'm not really sure what to think about this. It's a very weird read, and very "lit fic-y" in that there's no real plot. What plot there is, is left purposely ambiguous so you never know if there's two Paul's in alternative universes who's minds are slowly converging or just one Paul who's lost his marbles.

As far as the characters... eh. The main character is very unlikable which I imagine was the point. But what makes him unlikable, his self-obsession, also means that none of the other characters are really developed in any way. Which again is probably the point, but it did make for a frustrating, and sometimes tedious, read.

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  Fardo | Oct 15, 2019 |
(Original Review, 1981-04-27)

“Living is not an art, but to write of life is. Life is a series of accidents and anticlimaxes, misremembered and misunderstood, with lessons only dimly learned. Life is disorganized, lacks shape, lacks story.”

In “The Affirmation” by Christopher Priest

A Priest book isn't just a (SF) book. It is the distilled essence of a philosophy, a memoir; a piece of someone's soul. Losing the book is losing that element. On a more mundane level, it is also a memory - I read a book when I was about 7 (a proto-choose-your-own-adventure thing) that I've fitfully searched for ever since and never found, and doing so would put me right back on my nan's sofa on a Saturday afternoon with the wrestling on. Priest was not someone I read for many years, but he was the "gateway drug" to a wider world of SF for me in my younger days, and I think - despite his success - he remains critically underrated as a genre writer because he writes SF, and even more so as an avantgarde writer because he writes the kind of SF no one else writes. Priest too often falls into the trap of "imagine this concept, but on Discworld" as the entire premise of a book (gimmicky stuff), but when he is able to really get his teeth into a concept he is exceptional.

Is “The Affirmation” disturbing? Yes, indeed, but not in a visceral, in-your-face way. Rather, it's disturbing in how it changes as the plot progresses, slowly, almost imperceptibly, until it gradually dawns on the reader that this is no longer a narrative with even a pretense of objectivity, but instead a blow-by-blow description of the hideous unravelling of the mind of the narrator. That's not a spoiler, by the way. You will see signs of what's coming as you read the book, but that doesn't mean it isn't going to rattle you. It has been described as 'a book that is also its own sequel', which is the merest hint of the mental hoops it requires the reader to jump through. I believe I'm right in saying that Priest struggled to write in any meaningful way for a couple of years after completing this novel, and I'm not in the slightest surprised. I felt similarly poleaxed after just reading it. But that's not to say you shouldn't. Indeed, those with the opportunity of doing so for the first time, I envy you.

SF = Speculative Fiction. ( )
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This much I know for sure: My name is Peter Sinclair, Iam English and I am, or I was, twenty-nine years old.
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..., I watched her mutely, holding the manuscript to my chest. It was spoiled now forever. The words would have to stay unwritten, the thought remain unfinished. I heard imaginary music in my head; the dominant seventh rang out, forever seeking its cadence. It began to fade, like the run-off track on a gramophone record, music replaced by unplanned crackle. Soon the stylus in my mind would settle in the final, central groove, indefinitely stuck but clicking with apparent meaning, thirty-three times a minute. Eventually someone would have to lift the pick-up arm away, and silence would fall.
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Peter Sinclair is tormented by bereavement and failure. In an attempt to conjure some meaning from his life, he embarks on an autobiography, but he finds himself writing the story of another man in another, imagined, world, whose insidious attraction draws him even further in . . . THE AFFIRMATION is at once an original thriller and a haunting study of schizophrenia; it has a compulsive, dream-like quality.

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