The Magus

The Magus

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The Magus is the story of Nicholas Urfe, a young Englishman who accepts a teaching assignment on a remote Greek island. There his friendship with a local millionaire evolves into a deadly game, one in which reality and fantasy are deliberately manipulated, and Nicholas must fight for his sanity and his very more

Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 45.72mm | 385.55g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 0316296198
  • 9780316296199
  • 154,457

Review quote

"Great, good, lavish, eerie, fun....The Magus is a stunner....It is at once a pyrotechnical extravaganza, a wild, hilarious charade, a dynamo of suspense, a profoundly serious probing into the nature of moral consciousness, a dizzying, electrifying chase through the labyrinth of the soul... Read it in one sitting if possible--but read it."--Eliot Fremont-Smith, New York Times "Sumptuous....An extraordinary literary feat."--J.D. Scott, New York Times Book Review "Brilliant and colossal....Impossible to stop reading."--New York Review of Booksshow more

About John Fowles

John Fowles (1926-2005) was educated at Oxford and subsequently lectured in English at universities in Greece and the UK. The success of his first novel, published in 1963, allowed him to devote all his time to writing. He spent the last decades of his life on the southern coast of England in the small harbor town of Lyme more

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37,729 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 42% (15,843)
4 32% (12,155)
3 17% (6,429)
2 6% (2,237)
1 3% (1,065)
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