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This review is from: The Affirmation (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
Priest's works often seems to defy review because stories like this are so much a matter of taste. Personally I love it when a seemingly mundane situation gets mixed up with the fantastic. The Affirmation like the Glamour, and The Separation features a narrator who is incapable of separating reality from the imagined to such an extent that the reader struggles to differentiate too. Very early on in the novel although Peter is obviously struggling to cope, the sudden arrival of his sister results in him confessing what to him seems such a minor point yet to the reader completely pulls the rug from under our feet and makes everything we read from that point on potentially unreliable. The Affirmation is certainly one of CPs finest books with a main character who is totally lost drifting in and out of his dream world and most importantly taking us with him. Whilst there, is he working through his problems or just escaping? Immortality through an artist's work is a familiar concept and here the character achieves his immortality by reducing himself to the contents of his cyclical manuscript.