The Magus

The Magus

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Book - 2001
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Widely considered John Fowles's masterpiece, The Magus is "a dynamo of suspense and horror...a dizzying, electrifying chase through the labyrinth of the soul....Read it in one sitting if possible-but read it" ( New York Times ).
A young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, accepts a teaching post on a remote Greek island in order to escape an unsatisfactory love affair. There, his friendship with a reclusive millionaire evolves into a mysterious--and deadly--game of violence, seduction, and betrayal. As he is drawn deeper into the trickster's psychological traps, Nicholas finds it increasingly difficult to distinguish past from present, fantasy from reality. He becomes a desperate man fighting for his sanity and his very survival.
John Fowles expertly unfolds a spellbinding exploration of the complexities of the human mind. By turns disturbing, thrilling and seductive, The Magus is a masterwork of contemporary literature.
Publisher: Boston : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, 2001, c1977.
ISBN: 9780316296199
Characteristics: 656 p. ; 21 cm.

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joliebergman
Mar 25, 2015

I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book. It was fast, fun, dark, and exciting. By around page 200 things became a little too ridiculous, absurd (in a bad way), and sluggish for me. A month later I finally made it to about page 500 and that’s when I just skipped to the last three paragraphs of the book and called it done. I had suspected where things were going (if you can call it that) little over halfway through. I confirmed that suspicion in the last three paragraphs.

I conducted a little research afterwards and found that I share at least one exact complaint with this novel as many others who did not like the book. That is, simply: I was too old to appreciate this nonsense. Praise for the book seems to come from those who first read this book in their late teens through the 20s. Whereas the older the reader, the more likely they are to dislike it. I found *that* more interesting than great portions of the book. Not only was the story line boring, wayward, and incomplete it was also very dated. Dated though it was, I still tried to take it all into context and failed miserably. Views on relationships, women, homosexuals, psychology, and interpersonal communication felt like it was culled from a right-wing religious pamphlet or something you would hear late night on FOX news. That all said, the writing is phenomenal – the visuals stunning, beautiful. It’s the storyline I had a problem with. Placing this in the Never Again pile.

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Aug 07, 2011

Recommended in connection with a list of best southern books.

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