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This daring literary thriller rich with eroticism and suspense is one of John Fowles's best loved and bestselling novels and has contributed significantly to his international reputation as. 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 inventive eerie provocative impossibly theatrical it is in spite of itself convincing Thus wrote Eliot Fremont Smith in his New York Times book review when this magnificent novel was first published back in 1966 For me this novel counts as one powerful literary experience not only did I read the book but I also listened to the outstanding audio version read by Nicholas Boulton Stupidity is lethal One of the many musing from first person narrator Nicholas Urfe a dashingly handsome twenty five year old Oxford educated Englishman on the Greek island of Phraxos during a conversation with Conchis a much older wealthy recluse a man imaginative enough to remind him of Pablo Picasso and mysterious enough to remind me of Aleister CrowleyThis 660 pager begins with Nicholas Urfe recounting his background as an only child of middle class parents stickler brigadier father an officious military man down to his toes a man forever trotting out words like discipline and tradition and responsibility to undergird his position on any topic obedient housebound mother public school education what in the US is called private school short stint in the army during peacetime and then reading English at Oxford When one day at Oxford he receives word that both his mother and father died in an airplane crash Nicholas feels a great relief since he no longer is obliged to carry around a huge sack of family baggage Ah family However after Oxford there’s one person who exerts a profound influence on Nicholas prior to his traveling to Phraxos to teach boys at the English run Lord Byron School Alison a gorgeous graceful Australian gal who moves in with Nicholas in his uaint apartment facing Russell Suare And that’s influence as in emotional intensity as in red hot passionate lovemaking bitter heated arguments and nearly everything in between as if their relationship is a primer for the Dionysian frenzy and chaos Nicholas will eventually encounter in GreeceWhen leaving England Nicholas calls to mind how he needs mystery in his life Well he certain gets his wish when he meets old Maurice Conchis and is initiated in unexpected ways into the atrocities of World War I and then the Nazis the vitality of Greek theater and mask acting isolation and religious fanaticism hypnotism and mysticism Freudian psychoanalysis and Jungian archetypes ancient pagan religions inexplicably mingling with science and humanism Pulled into the vortex of the brutality of recent European history and pushed out to hidden spiritual realms with a dose of romantic love thrown in along the way Nicholas is forced to confront his basic philosophic assumptions How free are we How much influence does our culture and historic epoch have on our values Is there a universal foundation of morality beyond social convention What is the connection between truth and beauty Does love conuer all or is this merely a hackneyed clich

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The MagusA writer of the first degree At the center of The Magus is Nicholas Urfe a young Englishman who accepts a teaching position on a remote Greek island where he befriends a local millionaire Th. Here on Goodreads rather than judging a book by its cover it is always handier to judge a book based on what your friends and people you are following had to say about it after it had passed under their beady eyes 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 louacious members of the group have chosen to remain silent Karen Mike and PetraX not a jot or a scribble yet I can see all the ratings but around the book itself there is a sphinx like silence It is fair to say that the silence surrounding this book speaks volumesI on the other hand am loud and shouty and even though I did not finish this book or understand it in the slightest well I am going to have my say So here goesWhat the hell happened there thenI have got no idea what happenedCan anyone explain what happenedDid John Fowles even know what was going onIs everyone else confusedGoodThis book is on the 1001 Books to Read Before you Die list I am proposing they move it to the 1001 Books to Confuse the Living Baby Cheesus out of you Before You Die and Even After You are Dead You Might Still be Wondering Exactly What The Hell That Was All About listPrincipally the story of commitmentophobic Oxford graduate Nicholas Urfe who runs away from his girlfriend and gets a summer job teaching on a picturesue Greek Island With the unwitting sixth sense that only the public school educated seem to possess see The Secret History by Donna Tart he immediately finds the seedy underbelly within the seemingly sunny and simple island living Embraced in the dark clutches of the mysterious Maurice Conchis possible Naziwizardpedlar of hallucinogenic drugsmadman Nicholas participates in a parade of obscene vignettes masues and midnight alfresco romping What does it all mean Damned if I know What happened in the end Dunno I gave up because I am a uitter but I am sure if I had carried on reading I'd have been none the wiser anyway

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Summary The Magus 107 ✓ This daring literary thriller rich with eroticism and suspense is one of John Fowles's best loved and bestselling novels and has contributed significantly to his international reputation as a writer of the first degree At the center of The Magus is Nicholas Urfe a young Englishman who accepts a teaching position on a remote Greek island where E friendship soon evolves into a deadly game in which reality and fantasy are deliberately manipulated and Nicholas finds that he must fight not only for his sanity but for his very survival. We gravitate to mysteries The great unknown calls usThe craving to risk death is our last great perversion We come from night we go into night Why live in nightStraight from the biblical times temptation is the main moving force that pushes humanity to seek knowledge And who cares if our knowledge is a set of misconceptionsLiving is an eternal wanting in the coarsest grocer and in the sublimest mysticWe live and we learn but there always is something that is left outside our cognizance so there always is a desire to come to the edge of the world and to look down into the abyss