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The Separation (2002)

af Christopher Priest

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THE SEPARATION is the story of twin brothers, rowers in the 1936 Olympics (where they met Hess, Hitler's deputy); one joins the RAF, and captains a Wellington; he is shot down after a bombing raid on Hamburg and becomes Churchill's aide-de-camp; his twin brother, a pacifist, works with the Red Cross, rescuing bombing victims in London. But this is not a straightforward story of the Second World War: this is an alternate history: the two brothers - both called J.L. Sawyer - live their lives in alternate versions of reality. In one, the Second World War ends as we imagine it did; in the other, thanks to efforts of an eminent team of negotiators headed by Hess, the war ends in 1941. THE SEPARATION is an emotionally riveting story of how the small man can make a difference; it's a savage critique of Winston Churchill, the man credited as the saviour of Britain and the Western World, and it's a story of how one perceives and shapes the past.… (mere)
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Classic Christopher Priest.

With one caveat: Don't start here if you're new to him!

His Prestige is a great novel on its own, but that popular novel doesn't come all that near to the wide-wide ranging preoccupation with the Other place described in most of his other novels. And to be sure, there's a common theme in this one with those others.

Never-ending war. Lies and propaganda. Twins. Faulty memory. Strange, unexplainable events. Airplanes.

And above all, HISTORY. We *might* be spending some time in that other place. That alternate reality so hauntingly like our own. But in this past around WWII, all the names and people are pretty much the same... however... I think this is where the real separation happens between our history and the Other happens. I'm guessing because Priest never puts us in the shoes of people who ever really KNOW anything. They're just living their lives and surviving as they can. But for us, the Readers, we're locked in a hellishly fascinating struggle with separating OUR history with what THEIR history is doing.

Priest is kinda masterful here. He knows and has researched an AMAZING amount to give us this. But nothing is very obvious. Except for when it is, of course. :) All this is fantastic icing on the cake. At the core of it, we have our estranged twin brothers who devote themselves to living very different lives. One is a pro-war Bomber for England and the other is a Conscientious Objector working for the Red Cross. Their own separation and the similar wounds and circumstances they find themselves in at various points seem custom-made to paste them back together no matter how much they strive to separate themselves.

Their story is rather awesome all by itself, but it only gets better when we tick off all the fantastic mirroring techniques going on across all History, alternate dimensions, and the author's own predilections. :) As with all those other books I mentioned. :) They shine like signposts to us in this novel, giving us all the hints we need...

As long as we don't START here. :)

I'm rather flabbergasted. :) It's always a treat. :) A very, VERY smart treat. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I finished this book because I kept thinking that there had to be some sort of order to the story. There wasn't. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Apr 5, 2020 |
Inception : A dream within a dream.
The Separation : Delusions within a delusion.

I completely second this review ( )
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  supercoldd | Aug 27, 2015 |
Où est au juste la séparation ? Dans ce que nous lisons qui semble s'être séparé de la version officielle de l'histoire ? Les jumeaux qui se sont séparés en suivant des chemins opposés ? La négociation d'une paix séparée ? A moins que quelque chose d'autre nous ait échappé ? Ce qui est bien avec Priest et je l'ai constaté aussi bien avec Le Prestige que La Séparation (je me limite bien entendu aux textes récents), c'est que cet auteur ne cède jamais à la facilité. Écrire ce qui semble être dans une première approche un énième récit qui se déroule aux abords de la guerre 39-45 et le rendre intéressant, osons même dire captivant, c'est déjà pas mal. Mettre en sourdine un petit quelque chose de troublant, quasi malsain qui nous fait dire qu'il y a quelque chose qui cloche, c'est encore mieux. Faire en sorte que son lecteur se dise jusqu'aux dernières lignes: mais comment va-t-il faire pour s'en sortir ? C'est quoi le fin mot de tout cela ? Là, c'est du grand art.



La Séparation est un roman qu'on a du mal à lâcher une fois bien entamé. Parce qu'on veut savoir comment le prestigitateur Priest va s'en sortir. Et bien entendu Priest ne s'en sortira pas comme on s'y attendait. Et c'est là le plus important. ( )
  vince59 | Jun 13, 2013 |
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THE SEPARATION is the story of twin brothers, rowers in the 1936 Olympics (where they met Hess, Hitler's deputy); one joins the RAF, and captains a Wellington; he is shot down after a bombing raid on Hamburg and becomes Churchill's aide-de-camp; his twin brother, a pacifist, works with the Red Cross, rescuing bombing victims in London. But this is not a straightforward story of the Second World War: this is an alternate history: the two brothers - both called J.L. Sawyer - live their lives in alternate versions of reality. In one, the Second World War ends as we imagine it did; in the other, thanks to efforts of an eminent team of negotiators headed by Hess, the war ends in 1941. THE SEPARATION is an emotionally riveting story of how the small man can make a difference; it's a savage critique of Winston Churchill, the man credited as the saviour of Britain and the Western World, and it's a story of how one perceives and shapes the past.

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