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ISBN: 1857028155 / ISBN-13: 9781857028157

The Magician's Assistant

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  • The Magician's Assistant (Fourth Estate Ltd) – Mass-market paperback (1999)
    by Ann Patchett

    The Magician's Assistant

    Mass-market paperback, Fourth Estate Ltd
    1999
    English
    368 pages

    ISBN: 1857028155
    ISBN-13: 9781857028157

    Third - and breakthrough - novel by an acclaimed American writer with an enchanting, quirky voice. 'The Magician's Assistant' is at once a love story and a brilliant portrayal of reinvention about a magician who dies leaving his assistant/wife to discover he has lied about his past. A magician (with one memorable appearance on the Johnny Carson Show to his credit) takes the name Parsifal. He is gay. He has a Vietnamese lover, Phan. When Phan dies of AIDS, Parsifal marries the woman who has always adored him and who has ... Show more

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Reviews of The Magician's Assistant

Overall customer rating: 4.500
christopher

Magical

by christopher on Mar 2, 2014

The novel begins with the death of Parsifal, the magician of the title, with his ?assistant? and wife, Sabine by his side. However, this was a marriage between a gay man and a woman who had adored him for the previous 22 years. Parsifal, who died of an aneurism but was already holding a warrant signed ... More

sinvacas

different

by sinvacas on Apr 30, 2009

Might be a little hard to take if you are recently widowed yourself as the lead character has just lost her husband. It hits close to home. A different kind of story throwing together unlikely characters. Patchett has a great way with dialogue and characterization. After loving Bel Canto and Run, I ... More

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