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On a remote Greek Island, Nicholas Urfe finds himself embroiled in the deceptions of a master trickster. As reality and illusion intertwine, Urfe is caught up in the darkest of psychological games. John Fowles expertly unfolds a tale that is lush with over-powering imagery in a spellbinding exploration of human complexities. By turns distu
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We are thrown, whether we like it or not into the addled frantic mind of Nicholas Urfe, a man in the middle of a suspenseful psychological experiment. The only problem is, without telling us, Fowles turns it into a suspenseful philosophical experiment as well. We are left never fully knowing what is ...more
I have 91 friends here on Goodreads and follow 6 people and of the 12 friends and three people I'm following, only one (Kingfan30) wrote a review. Even the more loquacious members of the group have chosen to remain silent - Karen, Mike and PetraX - not a jot or a scribble (yet). I c ...more
If you, dear reader, consider that The Magus was partially written nearly 60 years ago (begun in the early 50s, published in '65, revised in '76), its risky political and ...more
Well, everything one might say about this book could be taken as a spoiler, including this very remark.
The book is a pretty good read, or it would have been if it had weighed in at two hundred or so pages shorter. And, given that the book is entirely a gradual denouement, one has to admire Fowles's skill in controlling it over such a long span, like a musician making a hugely long crescendo.
But I guess in the end, I didn't much like the book. In the 'trial' scene, a report is read out a ...more
I think it's safe to say that The Magus was one of the most profoundly ...more
Η υπόθεση:ο αντιπαθής νεαρός Άγγλος Νικόλας πιάνει δουλειά σε ένα ελληνικό νησί ως δάσκαλος.Αφήνει πίσω μια κοπέλα πολύ ερωτευμένη μαζί του,την οποία δεν πήρε ποτέ στα σοβαρά και της φερόταν με σκληρότητα κι αναισθησία.Στο νησί βρίσκει έναν εκκεντρικό πλούσιο,ο οποίος αρέσκεται στα ψυχολογικά παιχνιδάκια και το θέατρο,κι ο οποίος τον γνωρίζει σε μια άλλη κοπέλα,για την οποία ο Νικόλας αναπτύσσει λεπτά αισθήματα.
Ξεκινάω από τα θετικά:η γραφή του Fowles είνα ...more
― John Fowles, The Magus
What is written here must remain hid(view spoiler)[den. So now that you've clicked, let the game begin. But, let's unpack this quick. I felt like I've already spent far too much time being frustrated by the many curves, mysteries, deceptions in this book. I loved The French Lieutenant's Woman and really, really liked The Collector and there were many parts and many scenes from 'the M ...more
Let him love tomorrow who has never loved, and let him who has loved love tomorrow.
First of all, I would like to thank Panagiotis for unintentionally forcing me psychologically to want to read this.
Now, that was one hell of a ride. A unique literary experience which can't be adequately described. Fowles delivers a coming of age novel, sprinkled with bits of psychological thriller and historic retrospections. We follow Nicholas, an Oxford graduate, as he accepts a job as a teacher in a boardin ...more
Nu mai tin minte exact cine mi-a recomandat “Magicianul”. Dar tin minte exact parerile unora, pe care i-am intrebat ce impresie le-a facut cartea. Unii mi-au zis ca e ciudata, stufoasa si imbirligata si ca le-a pierit cheful undeva spre jumatate. Altii mi-au spus ca e geniala sau ca nu s-au putut dezlipi de ea si au citit-o in 2 zile intr-o sesiune, in loc sa invete pentru examen.
Mi-am inceput lect ...more
Really it's about a 25-year-old British guy, Nicholas Urfe, who is somewhat of a douche, but then aren't most 25-year-old
The book opens up a labyrinth of a plot where the narrator goes through varying levels of understanding aobut the nture of the labyritnth he's in. He ...more
This novel is particularly tough to review. It's even tough to rate. I'm very ambivalent about this book. It was interesting, but also frustrating.
The Magus certainly won't be suitable for people who have Twitter-induced Attention Deficit Disorder and must have quick action and a fast pace.
The book's pace is majestically slow, and it takes quite awhile for anything to happen.
It's wordy, too.
In short, it's an old-fashioned novel and it's a ...more
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Fowles attended Bedford School, a large boarding school designed to prepare boys ...more
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"I suppose one could say that Hitler didn't betray his self."
"You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.”