Saturday, December 10, 2005

What's in the box?

I had somehow missed that Christopher Nolan's next project was an adaptation of Christopher Priest's The Prestige, with Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Scarlett Johanssen.

Priest is one of my favourite writers, and The Prestige one of his finest novels, a haunting, gas-lit mystery involving two duelling Victorian stage magicians and the gothic secret which haunts their families for the next hundred years.

Brilliant, better than Carter Beats the Devil, the second best book ever about rival prestidigitators. In the words of John Clute:

... as an exercise in narrative control, in pretending to propound illusionary matters while never actually, I think, telling an actual untruth, The Prestige is exemplary. It is a lesson to us in the joy of story.

Bloody marvellous.

Category: Movies and TV

1 comment:

  1. This is excellent news. A novel I love is actually getting the class of interpreters that it deserves!