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The Magus av John Fowles
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The Magus (urspr publ 1966; utgåvan 2001)

av John Fowles (Författare)

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A man trapped in a millionare's deadly game of political and sexual betrayal Filled with shocks and chilling surprises, The Magus is a masterwork of contemporary literature. In it, a young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, accepts a teaching position on a Greek island where his friendship with the owner of the islands most magnificent estate leads him into a nightmare. As reality and fantasy are deliberately confused by staged deaths, sensual encounters, and terrifying violence, Urfe becomes a desperate man fighting for his sanity and his life. A work rich with symbols, conundrums and labrinthine twists of event, The Magus is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, a work that ranks with the best novels of modern times.… (mer)
Medlem:JohnArthurNichol
Titel:The Magus
Författare:John Fowles (Författare)
Info:Back Bay Books (2001), Edition: Revised, 656 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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One of my favorites. Read it back in '97 when I was 21. Awe-inspiring. A lot of it probably went over my head, but I was enthralled. Kindle version will finally come out late in 2012. Seems like a good excuse to re-read this classic. Since so many of the literary, historical, and other allusions were meaningless to me, can't wait to read it again, with 15 years of life experience - and a smart phone in hand! ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
David Thomas, David Moldawer recs (says basis for "The Game" movie) ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
"The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself."

First written in 1965 and revised by Fowles in 1977 'The Magus' is a psycho-sexual fantasy. The story is told by Nicholas Urfe, a 25 year-old English man who takes a job as a teacher on the Greek island in 1953. Once on the island Nicholas encounters Conchis, a Greek millionaire, who ensnares him into a set of psychological games, masques and mysteries, where nothing and nobody is what they seem forcing Nicholas to question everything he has accepted about himself.

I realise that Nicholas isn't meant to be a sympathetic character but I found him so shallow and selfish that I didn't really care what was done to him next. This is a real problem when the story is written in first person, on one hand we are asked to believe that Nicholas was insightful whilst also being amazingly insular and ineffective.

Whilst I enjoyed reading about Conchis's back story, in particular during the Occupation, the introduction of Lily shifted the focus of the tale from him on to Nicholas's 'romance' with Lily just as it was getting interesting. I also found the ending unsatisfactory. Not whether Nicholas and Alison get back together again or not but rather what really was the point of it all, Nicholas certainly wasn't cured by the experience come the end.

"Liking other people is an illusion we have to cherish in ourselves if we are to live in society."

This is a story that twists, turns and tantalises, is full of abstraction and some darkly disturbing images, often centring around sex, but personally I felt that it's lack of clarity only confused me so ultimately left me frustrated and disappointed. ( )
1 rösta PilgrimJess | May 28, 2021 |
Somewhere I picked up a suggestion on reading this book. I am not a big reader of fiction, but decided to give it a shot. I opted for the audio version as I could listen while I was working. Quite long at 26 hours, as the book weighs in at about 600+ pages.

The book follows the twists and turns of Nicholas Urfe as he embarks upon a venture teaching in Greece and encounters supposedly the Magus, Maurice Conchis, on the islands. The background plays out with his love relationships with several women and somehow or other relate to his encounters and the mystery of Conchis. Good luck in deciphering because the book although interesting at times weaves back and forth without any clear cut conclusion that I could decipher. It left me wondering if I missed something quite deep here, the message or the way to enlighten my life. It didn't. I must have missed it. ( )
  knightlight777 | Dec 31, 2020 |
This is the third time I've started this book and I finally finished AND I DON'T KNOW HOW I FEEL. First I'm seduced by the promise of MYSTERY, the allure of a SATYR SEEN THROUGH THE TREES, the thrill of a PSYCHIC LABYRINTH, then I am disappointed by long, colorless conversations. THEN I am again baited to keep reading by a "SQUAT SUCCUBUS WITH A BOSCH-LIKE SNOUT" (his words! not mine!!) and FINALLY I am left undecided: is this the best book I've ever read or the worst? I'm going to split the difference and say that this book could be about five hundred pages shorter. ( )
1 rösta uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
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I was born in 1927, the only child of middle-class parents, both English, and themselves born in the grotesquely elongated shadow, which they never rose sufficiently above history to leave, of that monstrous dwarf Queen Victoria.
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I acquired expensive habits and affected manners.  I got a third class degree and a first class illusion: that I was a poet.
Men see objects, women see the relationship between objects. ... It is an extra dimension of feeling we men are without and one that makes war abhorrent to all real women – and absurd. ... War is a psychosis caused by an inablity to see relationships.
This is true of all collecting. It extinguishes the moral instinct. The object finally possesses the possessor.
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Please do not combine the revised version of The Magus with the original version. There are some differences between these two versions of the book. This is the revised version.
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A man trapped in a millionare's deadly game of political and sexual betrayal Filled with shocks and chilling surprises, The Magus is a masterwork of contemporary literature. In it, a young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, accepts a teaching position on a Greek island where his friendship with the owner of the islands most magnificent estate leads him into a nightmare. As reality and fantasy are deliberately confused by staged deaths, sensual encounters, and terrifying violence, Urfe becomes a desperate man fighting for his sanity and his life. A work rich with symbols, conundrums and labrinthine twists of event, The Magus is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, a work that ranks with the best novels of modern times.

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