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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (9 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575075791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575075795
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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A tightly narrated slice of psychological horror. (The Independent)

"[a] cool, understated chiller. Priest's control over his story will keep you turning the pages as events slowly twist their way to an unseen climax." (Brian J. Robb DREAMWATCH)

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THE GLAMOUR: Hypnotic, tricky, uneasy and full of double meaning

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This book was recommended to me, and I was instantly connected to the 'glamour' element. I love this play on the mind, tricking, shifting. The story of Grey has you wanting to turn the pages. A need to solve the riddle of invisibility, of relationships caught in a complex tale of possibilities. I found myself pondering further on 'what ifs'...some books are brilliant in making you extend imagination beyond the normal mindset. This is one of them. A great psychological read and talented writer.
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The Glamour has to rank among the best books I've ever read - a thought-provoking and fascinating page turner and a harrowing nightmare of alternate realities/personas that will blow your mind. Priest is a master of psychological horror - if you enjoyed his books The Dream Archipelago and The Affirmation, you will absolutely love this. The Glamour reads like one of those vivid dreams that leave you confused and full of questions. Don't let the drab cover art, title or mundane-sounding blurb put you off - this is one hell of a book and a dream-like reading experience you won't forget!
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Interesting.
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By S. Bentley VINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2006
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The Glamour is a wonderful story of a man who, caught by the blast from a car bomb, is trying to recover his memory, with the best hope apparently a woman who claims to have been his lover.

But this being a Christopher Priest book more is going on than that. Priest uses his trick of changing the perspective on the story, without suggesting that any particular point of view is more valid than another, leaving you guessing as to what is going on.

I always think of Priest as being the British Philip K. Dick, a man who loves writing about shifting realities. The difference being that whereas Dick seemed compelled to write and would often write hurriedly, Priest is a more considered writer, his prose is more elegant. Similarly Priest is more concerned with the middle classes than Dick's blue collar heroes. And in this book, Priest is doing what Dick would have done more of, had his publishers been more daring, he writes a book that seems like science fiction but isn't. Not really. It's more about relationships and stories and glamour. The science fiction or fantasy element is very slight and if you look at the story in a certain way, does not necessarily exist.

The book is beautifully ambiguous and the fractured nature of this review just testifies to the fact that no review can do it justice. You just have to read it. And then all of Priest's other books. He's that good.
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By A Customer on 7 Jan. 1999
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I have read and reread this book, and it still drives me up the wall! No other book has ever had such an effect on me or on the other people I gave the book to. This edition (1996) is actually a rewritten version of the original.The author had received such a large amount of mail from similarly maddened readers, that he decided to change a couple of details. Whether he created a better book or not is debateable, but the essential twists and turns of story and narrator remain. To say too much about the story would spoil the surprise of potential readers, but I can say that the inherent mystery will change the way you look at the world. Read, read and read again. Remember, the best books make you think for a long time after you have turned the last page.
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The book starts like a routine thriller / romance. It's not until about a third of the way through that you are reassured the it may have the usual Priest oddness. I found the lack of normal chapters irritating. It's in long sections, which doesn't give you obvious points at which to put the book down til next read. I found the section written from sue's perspective about the world of 'the glamour' became repetitive and a bit tedious. The basic idea is good, but I found the execution more frustration than entertaining at times. It's an ok read but I found myself feeling disappointed by the book by the time I finished it. Much prefer Inverted World.
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Christopher Priest is a superb writer. Using simple direct and unornamented prose he weaves a world where nothing is quite what it seems but where the impact of what he writes is stupendous.

To reveal the storyline in a review like this would be grossly unfair but this is probably one of the two best books I have read this year -- and I read lots.

The writing is crystal clear and unaffected. The story is superbly constructed with the author fully in command of the twists of the plot. Priest's writing is absolutely unimprovable. Why isn't this man at the top of the best-seller lists?
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Plays with the reality of what's actually going on but is still one of Chris Priest's most approachable stories; a subtle x-men-style take spliced with a profound and painful love affair. The end is both beguiling and shocking, like the rest of Priest's outstanding cannon of work. Immerse yourself in the strangeness of a unique perception of events then try and shake it off when the books finished. It could take a while.
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