The Magus

The Magus 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

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 rank 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 millioThis 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 rank 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 The 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.

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  1. John Robert Fowles was born in Leigh on Sea, a small town in Essex He recalled the English suburban culture of the 1930s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional Of his childhood, Fowles said I have tried to escape ever since Fowles attended Bedford School, a large boarding school designed to prepare boys for university, from ages 13 to 18 After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in 1945 with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years World War II ended shortly after his training began so Fowles never came near combat, and by 1947 he had decided that the military life was not for him.Fowles then spent four years at Oxford, where he discovered the writings of the French existentialists In particular he admired Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre, whose writings corresponded with his own ideas about conformity and the will of the individual He received a degree in French in 1950 and began to consider a career as a writer.Several teaching jobs followed a year lecturing in English literature at the University of Poitiers, France two years teaching English at Anargyrios College on the Greek island of Spetsai and finally, between 1954 and 1963, teaching English at St Godric s College in London, where he ultimately served as the department head.The time spent in Greece was of great importance to Fowles During his tenure on the island he began to write poetry and to overcome a long time repression about writing Between 1952 and 1960 he wrote several novels but offered none to a publisher, considering them all incomplete in some way and too lengthy.In late 1960 Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks He continued to revise it until the summer of 1962, when he submitted it to a publisher it appeared in the spring of 1963 and was an immediate best seller The critical acclaim and commercial success of the book allowed Fowles to devote all of his time to writing.The Aristos, a collection of philosophical thoughts and musings on art, human nature and other subjects, appeared the following year Then in 1965, The Magus drafts of which Fowles had been working on for over a decade was published The most commercially successful of Fowles novels, The French Lieutenant s Woman, appeared in 1969 It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner In the 1970s Fowles worked on a variety of literary projects including a series of essays on nature and in 1973 he published a collection of poetry, Poems Daniel Martin, a long and somewhat autobiographical novel spanning over 40 years in the life of a screenwriter, appeared in 1977, along with a revised version of The Magus These were followed by Mantissa 1982 , a fable about a novelist s struggle with his muse and A Maggot 1985 , an 18th century mystery which combines science fiction and history.In addition to The Aristos, Fowles wrote a variety of non fiction pieces including many essays, reviews, and forewords afterwords to other writers novels He also wrote the text for several photographic compilations.From 1968, Fowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis His interest in the town s local history resulted in his appointment as curator of the Lyme Regis Museum in 1979, a position he filled for a decade.Wormholes, a book of essays, was published in May 1998 The first comprehensive biography on Fowles, John Fowles A Life in Two Worlds, was published in 2004, and the first volume of his journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two.John Fowles died on November 5, 2005 after a long illness.

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  1. My students like to use the made up word, unputdownable I always laugh at this I can always put down a book, I can even put down this one The problem is, I can t seem to stop picking it up again.We are thrown, whether we like it or not into the addled frantic mind of Nicholas Urfe, a man in the middle of a suspenseful psychological experiment The only problem is, without telling us, Fowles turns it into a suspenseful philosophical experiment as well We are left never fully knowing what is to com [...]

  2. FINAL REVIEW 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, [...]

  3. this book fucked me up i suppose it could be defined as a psychological thriller but its very jungian, steeped in metaphor and symbolism and eroticisim and mythology and shakespeare its also an intense love story of sorts, the main character is a completely fleshed out, real, flawed person who you relate to and fear for and empathize with the premise is that this british guy gets a teaching job on a small island in greece soon after WWII ends and becomes intwined in the lives mind games of this [...]

  4. Here on , 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 and follow 6 people and of the 12 friends and three people I m following, only one Kingfan30 wrote a review Even the loquacious 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 [...]

  5. Oh boy Here s the thing If you read this novel as a citizen of 2010, a member of our hyper speed, uber connected modern society that navel gazes in 140 word bytes with little interest in true introspection, The Magus will seem almost comical in its psycho thrilling, Jungian dribbling plot and Baroque meets mod writing style If you, dear reader, consider that The Magus was partially written nearly 60 years ago begun in the early 50s, published in 65, revised in 76 , its risky political and sexual [...]

  6. I had no idea what this book was about The prose style was nice, but the plot was completely unfathomable I decided about a third of the way through the book that it was one of the worst things I had ever read But, due to some strange self flagellatory compulsion, I told myself there was no way I was going to let it beat me, so I slogged through, teeth clenched, until the end I found out later that they actually made a movie out of it About the film, Woody Allen is to have said, If I could live [...]

  7. SPOILERS Well, everything one might say about this book could be taken as a spoiler, including this very remark.The book is a pretty good read, or it would have been if it had weighed in at two hundred or so pages shorter And, given that the book is entirely a gradual denouement, one has to admire Fowles s skill in controlling it over such a long span, like a musician making a hugely long crescendo.But I guess in the end, I didn t much like the book In the trial scene, a report is read out about [...]

  8. Kitap sanki benim kitab mm gibi sayfas na girip okuyucular ne demi , be enmi mi be enmemi mi diye kontrol edeyim demi tim ki, yorum yapmam oldu umu g rd m ok a rd m Bu kadar ok be endi im, beni bu kadar derinden etkileyen bir kitaba nas l yorum yapmam diye kendime k zd m Herhalde okudu um d nemde kitab n hemen ard ndan bir ey demek istemedim, nk ciddi etkilenmi li imle sa l kl yazamazd m Fakat aradan onca zaman ge ti, bende ki fikirler, duygular, izlenimler hala ayn.Baz arkada lardan mesajlar al [...]

  9. I have rarely been so unpleasantly surprised and bitterly disappointed by the sudden turn that a novel takes as with the abrupt shift that occurs roughly mid way through John Fowles The Magus The first half introduced the ethereal, creepy and gripping experiences of the young Englishman Nicholas Urfe, estranged from his Australian girlfriend Alison and teaching at a boys school on the remote Greek island of Phraxos Thoroughly disenchanted with the course his life has taken, and gauging with a co [...]

  10. Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.Nicholas Urfe, an Oxford graduate post war, with no direction and a slight hint of nymphomania, travels to Greece to work as an English teacher on the remote island of Phraxos, mostly to get away from an Australian girl he shagged but doesn t love and wants to ditch.Unsurprisingly, the remoteness is boring and he is drawn to browsing the island, where he finds an even remote house in which lives Con [...]

  11. Mystical Sirens on Lush Greek Isle Toy with Reality, Fidelity We ve all been playing those mind games foreverSome kinda druid dudes lifting the veilDoing the mind guerrillaSome call it magic, the search for the grail Lennon, Mind Games, 1973 4.25 stars John Fowles now underappreciated novel, where not much is as it seems, is a mystical morality play on love, truth, maturity, reality, and betrayal, both sexual and emotional The Magus is set on a lush Greek island, limned by the legends of Apollo, [...]

  12. Maestro Fowles2015 y l nda ingilizce olarak okudu um B y c , benim en ok etkilendi im kitaplar i inde yer almaktad r Yorum k sm nda ingilizcenin de yer almas n n temel nedeni bundan kaynaklan yor ncelikle bu eseri yorumlamak haddim de il cidden eserin b y kl nden dolay fakat eserin halen ge mi te oldu u gibi hakk n n yendi ini g r nce ve hatta s k c olarak adland r lmas i imi par alan yor ve ister istemezi Fowles in avukat olma iste ine s r kl yor beni Bu nedenle bir yerden ok fazla uzatmadan ba [...]

  13. Strangely Disturbing Novel, Many Possible InterpretationsThis novel is particularly tough to review It s even tough to rate I m very ambivalent about this book It was interesting, but also frustrating.The Magus certainly won t be suitable for people who have Twitter induced Attention Deficit Disorder and must have quick action and a fast pace.The book s pace is majestically slow, and it takes quite awhile for anything to happen It s wordy, too.In short, it s an old fashioned novel and it s a bit [...]

  14. The Canon is What Our Friends Write The Magus is a novel that achieves everything that most of the books pushed and promoted by white American male post modernists fail to.It s genuinely innovative in form Its form follows and complements its substance Its narrative style reflects its metaphysical concerns It doesn t just name drop post modern philosophers or concepts, resembling a cut and paste from an undergraduate philosophy textbook It genuinely explores the issues in a fictional way.The met [...]

  15. Be ay nce kitab okudu umda 3 y ld z vermi ve sevip sevmedi im konusunda emin olamam t m Tahmin etti im gibi, zaman i inde 3 y ld z hak etmedi ine emin oldum ve favorilerimden biri haline geldi Okurun zihnini aylarca me gul edebilen kitaplar iyi ki var _________________________________________ B y c hakk nda ne d nmeliyim bilmiyorum lgin bir okuma deneyimi oldu benim i in K sa bir s rede okuduysam da bunu hikayeye bay ld m i in de il, ufak apl bir sinir harbine girdi imden ba ard m yle ki hi bir [...]

  16. y llard r bekletti im bir romand her gece 150 sayfa kadar okudum, bir gece sa dan bir gece soldan tokatland m fowles ana karakteriyle birlikte okuru da duvardan duvara arp yor psikoloji, insan davran , a k, kimlik bunun yan nda ingiltere tarihi, 2 d nya sava nda yunanistan da ya ananlar yok yok romandatlaka ve dikkatle okunmas gereken bir ba yap t.

  17. Con sinceridad, no s qu decir Despu s de haber le do La mujer del teniente frances supe que volver a a leer otra novela de este escritor Lo que ignoraba era que este no era el libro que tendr a que haber le do Si tuviera que definir en una palabra c mo me siento ahora, solo podr a decir que CANSADA Cansada de tanta mentira Cansada del juego de Conchis Cansada de los actores Cansada de todo.

  18. Reading The Magus was like holding a mirror up to my life, not knowing who it is I m looking at, not fully understanding where I am or where I ve been, and even less certain of where I am going not certain of what lessons I ve learned or am supposed to be learning, adrift and perplexed about issues of morality immorality amorality, not wholly certain if the things I seek and desire aren t already right here in front of me.I think it s safe to say that The Magus was one of the most profoundly ama [...]

  19. 5 Y ld z Okudu um en s r kleyici, sonana kadar final hakk nda tek bir fikir bile y r medi im, y ksek tansiyonlu kitapt Kendime notlar m view spoiler Ana karakter Nicolas Urfe gibi gor nse de bana g re olaylar Cochnis karakterinin etraf nda geli ti Meta Tiyatro nun iki fig ran Lily ve Rose isimli ikizlere de annelerine de zellikle sinir oldum Kitapta bana g re en zor okunan b l m Urfe un yarg oldu u mahkeme sahnesi ve sonras yd Bu da ok fazla sembolik g nderme olmas ndan kaynaklan yor bana g re B [...]

  20. Conspiracy Theorist FantasyOh, brother.I had high hopes for this book Such high hopes.I read and really enjoyed The Collector John Fowles is a wonderful writer This book is no exception This story takes place mainly in Greece, on the island of Phraxos, where English 20 something misogynist Nicholas Urfe goes to escape his recent relationship with his Australian girlfriend, Alison He meets an enigmatic man who looks like Pablo Picasso, named Maurice Conchis And then the inexplicable, the surreal, [...]

  21. I m not exactly sure how to rate this book But I have a sneaking suspicion that I might read it again at some point, which is generally my personal line for four stars I picked this up as one of the books on the BBC s Big Read list, which I am slowly making my way through I am not sure what to make of it Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smor [...]

  22. There is no plan All is hazard And the only thing that will preserve us is ourselves John Fowles, The MagusWhat is written here must remain hid view spoiler den So now that you ve clicked, let the game begin But, let s unpack this quick I felt like I ve already spent far too much time being frustrated by the many curves, mysteries, deceptions in this book I loved The French Lieutenant s Woman and really, really liked The Collector and there were many parts and many scenes from the Magus that I r [...]

  23. John Fowles started writing the Magus in the mid 1950s, and struggled with it off and on for the next twelve years After his first novel, The Collector, became a best seller, he finally finished the book and published it in 1966 But then, eleven years later, he issued a revised edition, reworking a number of critical scenes All books reflect the times in which they were written, and this one is no exception The early scenes are very much a meditation on breaking away from 1950s conformity and th [...]

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