(Listened to audiobook)
If you haven’t seen the movie: it’s the story of two rival magicians in late 1800’s London, each with their own lives and secrets. Masterfully written; check it out.
If you have seen the movie: Christopher Nolan did a top-notch job of adapting the story for screen, but the book is definitely still worth reading.
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The book is rife with parallels and ironies:
- Angier and Borden both use doubles for their transporting illusion.
- Both indirectly kill each other.
- Borden is two men known by one name while Angier is one man known by two names (Rupert and Robert).
- Both men lead double lives (Angier as a magician and a lord).
Possibly my favorite:
- In the beginning Angier swindles families by holding seances and pretending to communicate with their dead loved ones; at the end, he becomes a ghost himself.