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    The Magus by John Fowles is one of the greatest works of fiction I have ever read. It was published in 1965, and I don't even know how I came to read it. I'd never heard of it, and I think I saw it for like 50 cents at a book sale, and thought it looked interesting. Amazingly deep and twisted book. Curious if anyone has read any of his many other novels.

    http://www.fowlesbooks.com/

    Book Description
    The Magus was originally published in 1965 and reissued in a revised version twelve years later. The story of Nicholas Urfe and his friendship with a demonic millionaire which leads to an elaborate series of staged hallucinations, riddles, and psychological traps, The Magus endures as the most enigmatic and magical novel in the Fowles canon, a work rich in symbols, conundrums, and labyrinthine twists of events. This Modern Library edition includes a new introduction by the author.

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    A man trapped in a millionare's deadly game of political and sexual betrayal.
    Filled with shocks and chilling surprises, The Magus is a masterwork of contemporary literature. In it, a young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, accepts a teaching position on a Greek island where his friendship with the owner of the islands most magnificent estate leads him into a nightmare. As reality and fantasy are deliberately confused by staged deaths, erotic encounters, and terrifying violence, Urfe becomes a desperate man fighting for his sanity and his life. A work rich with symbols, conundrums and labrinthine twists of event, The Magus is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, a work that ranks with the best novels of modern times.

  2. Lounge   -   #2
    No one has read this! Unbelievable.

  3. Lounge   -   #3
    read the magus years ago and seem to remember it as a very enjoyable although ultimately disturbing read. also read the collector, i think also by fowles at about the same time...

    there you go tianup...someone else who has read it

    botts

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    wow sounds like my thing reading what u have put there might try and find this book

  5. Lounge   -   #5
    it sounds like this is where they got some of the story line for that michael douglas film back in 1997 - The Game or something.

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    I've read the magus

    it is a great book rich and dence [but not too dence like umberto eco]
    very mysterious and kind of intoxicating

    i've also read the collector which is kinda more disturbing but not as interesting as the magus
    thanx for the link tianup, i never knew the translation at the end

  7. Lounge   -   #7
    Yay! I didn't imagine it all! Cool that everyone who read it enjoyed - can't see how anyone wouldn't.

    @ botts - I fould it ultimately disturbing as well.

    @ adthomp - definitely worth reading - you'll love it.

    @ the_faceman - I think The Game certainly borrowed (stole?) some of the content from The Magus, even some of the names are the same.

    @ echidna - I found it somewhat intoxicating as well - good description. I remember always feeling like I'd just woken up from an intense dream whenever I put that book down.

    I will check out The Collector as well.

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