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The Magician's Assistant av Ann Patchett
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The Magician's Assistant (utgåvan 1998)

av Ann Patchett (Författare)

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When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine--who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years--learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well. Sabine is left to unravel his secrets, and the adventure she embarks upon, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her. Sabine's extraordinary tale captures the hearts of its readers just as Sabine is captured by her quest.… (mer)
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Titel:The Magician's Assistant
Författare:Ann Patchett (Författare)
Info:Harcourt Brace (1998), Edition: 1st, 357 pages
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This is only the second book by the very popular author, Ann Patchett, that I've read. I wasn't a fan of Commonwealth, but I very much liked The Magician's Assistant. I loved the story, the different locations that were so well rendered, the characters. And oh, the surprises in the plot that came along several times!

The Magician's assistant, Sabine, is a forty-something woman who has been the assistant of the mysterious Parsifal for twenty years. Although Parsifal is gay and develops a serious partnership with Phan, Sabine can't help being in love with him.

In the last year of his life, Phan having died earlier and himself dying of cancer, Parsifal marries Sabine. The story starts then, and what a story!

Sabine discovers the real history of Parsifal, aka Guy Fetters, after his death. He's not from Connecticut, but from Nebraska, and his family has been included in his will. It gets interesting when they ask if they can visit Sabine in Los Angeles.

Sabine develops real feelings for these people, and when they invite her to visit Nebraska, deep in depression over Parsifal's death, she decides to visit.

In Nebraska there are more surprises, more truths to be revealed.

Throughout the story, Sabine processes his death through her dreams, in which Phan appears and talks to her. I thought it was a clever device.

If there was one thing that kept the book from being a 5-star review, it was the ending, which was abrupt, as if the next chapter was missing. You have to decide for yourself what will happen next. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Jun 28, 2021 |
I enjoyed this book a long and but there are a few things that keep me from rating it higher. The biggest of those things is what I felt to be a very dissatisfying ending.

I’d still recommend it to friends, though. I’d give it a 3.5 stars but rounding down. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
After being astounded by "State of Wonder" and interested by "Commonwealth," I read another Ann Patchett every so often. I liked this one because of the unusual story and because Ms. Patchett's writes so well that you are in the state, house, mood of the characters. But I felt like it went on too long in the last third or so, maybe even the last half. So ... not my favorite of hers, but reading Ann Patchett is never a waste of time. ( )
1 rösta ReadMeAnother | Feb 11, 2021 |
Although I found this to be a most compelling read, I often had to set it down and it was emotionally weighty and difficult to digest all at once.

Sabine was Parsifal's assistant, now she is his widow. He has left her very well off but with a surprise: after 20+ years of thinking his family is dead, their attorney presents her with a letter stating otherwise.

Parsifal's mother & youngest sister come out to visit... and then Sabine goes back to small town Nebraska to visit them & for his youngest sister's wedding.

A tragic childhood turned into a golden life filled with love and loss... Especially poignant were Sabine's dreams of Phan, Parsifal's lover and their loving conversations/revelations of the past, which were healing & lyrically written. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 21, 2021 |
Patchett writes a beautiful, haunting account of grief and the transcendent power of love. ( )
  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
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When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine--who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years--learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well. Sabine is left to unravel his secrets, and the adventure she embarks upon, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her. Sabine's extraordinary tale captures the hearts of its readers just as Sabine is captured by her quest.

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