My first reading was the original which I found more supernatural than the revised. However, I think that was due to the fact it was my first reading and the mystery was overwhelming. On rereading the original I no longer find it as supernatural.
To answer your question I prefer the revised version. The differences are that Fowles changed a couple of words here and there for most of the book as his style had improved. He rearranged a few scenes and added some. Sister Rose has more to do in the revised, and instead of just teasing Nicolas, Lily let's him have sex with her. Fowles said that he regretted not being so bold in the original. Also, the ending in the original infuriated some readers because of its ambiguity. So in the revised Fowles give hints that Alison and Nicolas will get back together but he is not sure if they will last. Fowles wrote that an ending like a death so he liked to leave his stories open-ended. That way they live on in the mind.(less) (hide spoiler)]
""The Magus" is a stunner, magnificent in ambition, supple and gorgeous in execution. It fits no neat category; it is at once a pyrotechnical extravaganza, a wild, hilarious charade, a dynamo of suspense and horror, a profoundly serious probing into the nature of moral consciousness, a dizzying, electrifying chase through the labyrinth of the soul, an allegorical romance, a sophisticated account of modern love, a ghost story that will send shivers racing down the spine. Lush, compulsive, richly ...more
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
Με ολοφάνερη την αγάπη του συγγραφέα για την Ελλάδα της απόλυτης γεωφυσικής και πολιτιστικής θεϊκής κληρονομιάς της, μας μεταφέρει σε ένα ελληνικό νησί όπου συντελείται το μυστήριο-φαντασία-πραγματικότητα,απόκρυφη ανθρώπινη φυση-ελευθερία και αυτοπραγμάτωση- διαλογισμός.
Ο φλεγματικός Άγγλος καθη ...more
6th Favorite Read of 2018
This is a book that can be easily dismissed when we are guarded, cynical, fearful or imperious. I started this book at a remote location with very small font that hurt my trifocal vision....and yet....amidst mosquitoes, overheating and copious amounts of food I returned over and over until my vision gave out and I fouind a larger print Anita Brookner to round out my week. I returned to an e-copy on my return.
However this b ...more
یک هوس باز حرفهای به ندرت، انسانی قابل ترحم است.|ساد
نمیدانم این رمان را از چه زاویهای تعریف کنم؟ نمی دانم آن را در چه دستهای قرار دهم؟ روانشاسی؟ تغزّلی؟ عرفانی؟ راز آلود؟ جنایی؟ اخلاقی؟ مجوس همهی اینها را در خود دارد و پیچیده در لایههایی مبهم و رازآلود است. اما چیزی که با یقین میتوانم بگویم این است که مجوس یک رمان استعاری است. و احساسم نسبت به عکس بالا، احساسی است شبیه به احساسم نسبت به رمان مجوس.
مرکزِ پنهانِ این رمان به گمانم در همان اولین جمله ای که به نقل از ساد آورده است، خلاصه می شود. (v...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
Nicholas Urfe, an Oxford graduate post-war, with no direction and a slight hint of nymphomania, travels to Greece to work as an English teacher on the remote island of Phraxos, mostly to get away from an Australian girl he shagged but doesn't love and wants to ditch.
Unsurprisingly, the remoteness is boring and he is drawn to browsing the island, where he finds an even more remote house in which lives ...more
Bazı arka ...more
Ας ειπωθεί μονάχα ότι όλ ...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
2015 yılında ingilizce olarak okuduğum Büyücü, benim en çok etkilendiğim kitaplar içinde yer almaktadır. Yorum kısmında ingilizcenin de yer almasının temel nedeni bundan kaynaklanıyor.
Öncelikle bu eseri yorumlamak haddim değil cidden eserin büyüklüğünden dolayı; fakat eserin halen geçmişte olduğu gibi hakkının yendiğini görünce ve "hatta sıkıcı" olarak adlandırılması içimi parçalanıyor ve ister istemezi Fowles'in avukatı olma isteğine sürüklüyor beni.
Bu nedenle bir yerden çok fa ...more
يتتبع فيها حياة شاب يسافر إلى جزيرة يونانية للعمل كمدرس للغة الإنجليزية
بعد فترة يتعرف على كونشيس أحد أثرياء الجزيرة ويدخل في عالمه الغامض
يكتب فاولز عن عالم غريب من الحيل والتلاعب والأوهام الخادعة والشخصيات المتنكرة
يتوه فيه نيكولاس بطل روايته وكأنه يشاهد عرض تمثيلي وفي نفس الوقت هو طرف فيه
إلى أن يصل لحالة من الغضب والحيرة محاولا البحث عن الحقيقة وسط الأكاذيب
قد تكون أسباب التجربة التي مر بها غير مهمة لكن الأهم كانت موضوعات وإشارات السرد
الرواية ت ...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
Ένα βιβλίο στο οποίο είναι διάχυτη η αγάπη του συγγραφέα για την Ελλάδα.
Ένα βιβλίο που η πραγματικότητα με τη φαντασία εναλλάσσονται.
Ένα βιβλίο με ιδεολογικές και υπαρξιακές προεκτάσεις.
Ένα βιβλίο, που δεν υπάρχει περίπτωση να ξεχάσεις.
"We've all been playing those mind games forever
Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil
Doing the mind guerrilla
Some call it magic, the search for the grail"
Lennon, Mind Games, 1973.
John Fowles’ now underappreciated novel, where not much is as it seems, is a mystical morality play on love, truth, maturity, reality, and betrayal, both sexual and emotional. The Magus is set on a lush Greek island, limned by the legends o ...more
“The Magus” is a novel that achieves everything that most of the books pushed and promoted by white American male post-modernists fail to.
It’s genuinely innovative in form. Its form follows and complements its substance. Its narrative style reflects its metaphysical concerns. It doesn’t just name-drop post-modern philosophers or concepts, resembling a cut and paste from an undergraduate philosophy textbook. It genuinely explores the issues in a fictional way.
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
psikoloji, insan davranışı, aşk, kimlik... bunun yanında ingiltere tarihi, 2. dünya savaşında yunanistan'da yaşananlar... yok yok romanda.
mutlaka ve dikkatle okunması gereken bir başyapıt.
Büyücü hakkında ne düşünmeliyim bilmiyorum. İlginç bir okuma deneyimi oldu benim için. Kısa bir sürede okuduysam da bunu hikayeye bayıldığım için değil, ufak çaplı bir sinir harbine girdiğimden başa ...more
I think it's safe to say that The Magus was one of the most profoundly ...more
I had high hopes for this book. Such high hopes.
I read and really enjoyed The Collector. John Fowles is a wonderful writer. This book is no exception. This story takes place mainly in Greece, on the island of Phraxos, where English 20-something misogynist Nicholas Urfe goes to escape his recent relationship with his Australian girlfriend, Alison. He meets an enigmatic man who looks like Pablo Picasso, named Maurice Conchis. And then the inexplicable, the su ...more
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Fowles attended Bedford School, a large boarding school designed to prepare boys for university, from ages 13 to 18. After briefly attendi ...more
"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.”