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 disturbing, ...Read MoreOn 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 disturbing, thrilling and seductive, "The Magus" is a feast for the mind and the senses.Read Less
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I had read "The Magus" in college and was really caught up in its thrall, but now revisiting it years later, it seems somewhat pedantic with not terribly interesting narrative thrust. It almost seems too academic to me. If you read the foreword by the author, I'm tending to think his initial impulses were correct -- that it was the creation of an immature writer. Anyway, I couldn't slog beyond a few pages of it. Much better and worth your attention is "The Collector," which starts purring right out of the gate. Maybe I've read too many detective novels. First deadly sin committed against your reader -- lack of dramatic thrust.
Dec 17, 2009
A Wonderful Read
A great fast paced, entertaining read. This is the first John Fowles book that I've read, and after reading it I see why he is so highly heralded as a writer.
Oct 23, 2008
This book is one which leaves you confused, reading on just to understand exactly what is happening. It's definately a different sort of book, but i loved it and definately recommend it to friends.
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