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The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham
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Aug 11, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

I hadn't read anything by W. Somerset Maugham and he was on my queue for awhile. I decided to start with "The Magician" because Alistair Crowley (upon which the character of Oliver Haddo was loosely based) is also one of the inspirations behind Jeff Martin's new album '777'. The story is well paced and offers a keen portrayal of the fine line between the rational and the occult, the skeptical and the magical, the Victorian life of manners and the underbelly of the mystical, and how easy it is for someone to cross between each of these. At times it is overworked and seems like a Scooby Doo episode, but this can be excused for it is always well written. I will have to see the movie and see if it stacks up.
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