The Magus

The Magus

A Revised Version

Paperback - 1985
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Nicholas Urfe, an evasive young Englishman, accepts a teaching position on a remote Greek island, where his friendship with a reclusive, demonic millionaire lures him into "the godgame": an elaborate series of staged hallucinations, riddles, and psychological traps meant to test his concept of being and reality.--Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Dell,, 1985
Edition: Rev. ed
Copyright Date: ©1978
ISBN: 9780440351627
Branch Call Number: FIC FOW
Characteristics: 668 pages ; 18 cm

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joliebergman
Mar 25, 2015

I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book. It was fast, fun, dark, and exciting. By around page 200 things became a little too ridiculous, absurd (in a bad way), and sluggish for me. A month later I finally made it to about page 500 and that’s when I just skipped to the last three paragraphs of the book and called it done. I had suspected where things were going (if you can call it that) little over halfway through. I confirmed that suspicion in the last three paragraphs.

I conducted a little research afterwards and found that I share at least one exact complaint with this novel as many others who did not like the book. That is, simply: I was too old to appreciate this nonsense. Praise for the book seems to come from those who first read this book in their late teens through the 20s. Whereas the older the reader, the more likely they are to dislike it. I found *that* more interesting than great portions of the book. Not only was the story line boring, wayward, and incomplete it was also very dated. Dated though it was, I still tried to take it all into context and failed miserably. Views on relationships, women, homosexuals, psychology, and interpersonal communication felt like it was culled from a right-wing religious pamphlet or something you would hear late night on FOX news. That all said, the writing is phenomenal – the visuals stunning, beautiful. It’s the storyline I had a problem with. Placing this in the Never Again pile.

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Aug 07, 2011

Recommended in connection with a list of best southern books.

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