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Magus | John Fowles
" 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 survival.
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Emilymdxn
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Panpan

When people complain about mediocre white man classics, this is the book they mean. Average descriptions that think they‘re amazing, pretentious rapey self important protagonist (‘I‘m a connoisseur of women‘ 😐) predictable plot that doesn‘t hang together unless you‘re a racist 1960s dude who can‘t conceive of anyone more interesting to write about than a failed English teacher who doesn‘t understand why women don‘t like him.

TrishB Can‘t you be a bit more honest 😂😂 great review 👍🏻 6mo
j9brown Nice review! 🤣😂 6mo
Kalalalatja Ouch 😂😂 6mo
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Caterina Yayyyyy you finished it!! I love a good scathing review. 👏 What's next? 6mo
Emilymdxn @TrishB @j9brown @Kalalalatja I did my best to think of something nice snd just never managed! @Caterina disobedience by Naomi alderman - i don‘t think I could have taken another Man Classic ! 6mo
Caterina Oh enjoy!! I'm sure it'll be better than this one. 😂 6mo
TrishB I loved Disobedience 👍🏻 6mo
kathedron Oh god, twenty years ago (!) I got about halfway through this before reaching the point where I was so angry with it I actually threw it at the wall. 6mo
Aimeesue Yep. Pretty horrible horny stuff on a Greek Island. Ugh. 6mo
BarbaraBB Oh really? I have been looking forward to this one since I love some of his other works. 6mo
cariashley I‘ve had this one languishing on my TBR shelf for years and have never wanted to pick it up. Think it‘s time to donate it! 6mo
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Emilymdxn
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“Alison was always female. She never, like so many English girls, betrayed her gender”

An oxford boy who‘s too intellectual to apply for jobs and earn money, puts no effort into chasing women (all of whom he despises) but is mysteriously a sex god, and who thinks he has a divine right to write poetry on the Mediterranean for a living, observes the woman next to him in bed.

Oh John Fowles I can FEEL how few ppl wanted to date you at school

Libby1 😱 6mo
tpixie Wow he must write about misfits/ weird people 6mo
Moray_Reads I cannot even begin to tell you how much I hated this book. The only other book I've read by Fowles is the French Lieutenant's Woman and I had serious issues with that one too. 6mo
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Emilymdxn @Moray_Reads I read that one when I was like 14 and didn‘t really notice a lot of stuff that was wrong with it, reading this one is making me look back and realise all the things I didn‘t notice in that one... I‘m a serious Book Finisher but this one is gonna test me. 6mo
Moray_Reads @Emilymdxn I think I was about 16 when I read The Magus and it's problematic on a whole different level to FLW, many of the same issues but magnified 10000x! 6mo
Caterina 🤣 6mo
Emilymdxn @Caterina today I‘m wearing jeans and no makeup, but I do still have long blonde hair and am wearing feminine shoes?? Am I a half-betrayer? I‘m still English so I guess that counts against me. Idk how to quantify this. 6mo
Caterina Haha, jeans? I dunno, you sound like a gender-betrayer to me 🤣 6mo
Redwritinghood Ugh! This book 👎🏻. 6mo
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Violetta
Magus | John Fowles
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Getting a moment of peace with coffee, zephyr and The Magus after a tedious job of cleaning radiators to prepare them for coloring 😌 After reading The Collector I thought this one will go as a page-turner too. But Magus isn't that easy to get through - the text is full of descriptions, allusions and metaphors. And a great deal of suspense too, though the pace is slow so far. #bookclub

Erofan Is that a cup that doesn't heat up? ☕ 9mo
Violetta @Erofan Yes, it has two uneven layers of glass and stays cool 😎 9mo
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JustJill1963
Magus | John Fowles
Pickpick

The best novel I have ever read!

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tricours
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Mehso-so

I‘m not quite sure what the problem was here, either the book was too long or the audiobook narrator too soothing; either way I found it hard to focus on the events. I never managed to connect with any of the characters, especially not the main character, so I wasn‘t really very moved by all the strange things that happened to him. Perhaps the whole premise was just too weird for my liking.

Aimeesue Yeah, not his best. Way too pointlessly complicated and unbelievable. The French Lieutenant's Woman is great, though. 1y
tricours @Aimeesue I haven‘t read that one, but I loved The Collector! (That‘s also his, right?) 1y
Aimeesue It is! I have it, but haven't read that one yet. Hope it's at least halfway between the two I did read! 😄 1y
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cariashley I‘ve had this one on my shelf for ages and feel like I‘ll never be inclined to pick it up... 1y
BarbaraBB Really? I always hear such raving things about this one. 1y
Flaneurette Middlebrow masquerading as highbrow is how I‘ve heard this described and I agree 1y
tricours @Flaneurette sounds about right! 1y
Redwritinghood Hated this one. Patronizing and misogynistic are the two words that come to mind. 1y
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malkelly
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#johnfowles postmodern occult thriller mind-bender. I remember reading it in 2 days, feeling each subsequent chapter rip the carpet from under me, as the story asked - but never answered - the question “who is Conchin?” Freud, Crowly, Picasso?

#fiction #20thCentury #greece #postmodernism

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malkelly
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A little shelfie of books by #johnfowles - one of my favourite writers.

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UCLAoso
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Mehso-so

This book...I slugged through the beginning of the book and eventually got sucked in by ‘The Magus‘ only to feel like I got thrown off the ride just as I was about to reach the end. I felt as manipulated by the author as Nick was by Conchis, was that the point?

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ephemeralwaltz
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Second-hand bookstore mini haul 😍

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UCLAoso
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Sneaking in a little ‘me time‘. Love Saturday mornings 📖☕️❤️

DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
UCLAoso Thank you @DebbieGrillo!!👋🏼🤓 2y
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KarenUK
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#emojinov #🏝📚 @RealLifeReading
I read this on vacation many, many years ago... and I loved it.
It‘s a perfect beach read for me.... Page-turning, a doorstopper, set on a sun-drenched Greek Island, with a meaty, mysterious story to get stuck into....

minkyb I read this in college (mid 70‘s) and literally didn‘t go to class until I finished. This book was fabulous. Great memory. 2y
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Liz_M
Magus | John Fowles
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Pickpick

Fowles is a very good writer and the construction of this novel is fascinating, layering plot twist upon plot twist to the farthest edge of believability. It almost works.

If I had read this at a younger age with the intense focus of summertime reading, this book would have blown me away. Now, though, it is not quite as all-engrossing as it needs to be too carry the plot and the narrator doesn't have the necessary depth. #1001books

BarbaraBB Really? I was so looking forward to this one after reading his others on the list. 2y
Liz_M @barbarabb It's still a good read for the first 400 pages or so. But then there's 200 more pages of increasingly eye-ball rolling esoteric plot twists. 2y
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AlexGeorge
Magus | John Fowles
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Rereading for the third or fourth time. Hello, old friend.

ApoptyGina69 Love this cover! I need a better edition for such a wonderful book. I just have a chunky paperback with a purple cover. 2y
AlexGeorge This edition is an old U.K. paperback - probably at least 30 years old! 2y
AlexGeorge I just checked. It's FORTY years old! 2y
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SistaPip
Mehso-so

Tumultuous love/hate relationship with this book. It was so long so long bui couldnt stop being interested even though I felt claustrophobic and antisocial. Like the main character i often wanted to quit the story, but I HAD to know how it turned out. And I'd guess a lot of people hate the ending, but i loved it (it was perfect). So-so cuz i can only think of 1 person (my sister @Jenncat1 ) who a) might plod through it & b)still like me

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jenniferw88
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3 1/2 ⭐. Rather a slow build up but the last 369 pages gripped me. #LitsyAtoZ F ✅ @BookishMarginalia

bookwrm526 Hahaha!! I'm not sure I could have stuck with it for 300 pages to find out if the last 300 were good! (edited) 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#aprilbookshowers These are some books I own that are #publishedinthe1960s. As I was going through my shelves, I discovered I have many books published in the 1950s and 1960s.

TrishB Some fab ones there. 3y
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KarenUK
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#day6 #aprilbookshowers #Publishedinthe1960s One of my favorites... published in 1965 .....

TheLondonBookworm I've never read it but always admired the vintage cover 3y
RachelO Is this same author as the French Lieutenants Woman ? 3y
KarenUK @RachelO it is! 👍 3y
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RachelO @KarenUK One day! That's been on my tbr forever as well. 3y
tpixie Wow. Lots of covers. 3y
cariashley This has been on my TBR forever too and I've debated letting it go countless times! I have the top right edition. 3y
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jenniferw88
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KarenUK
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3.24 #springflingreading #farawayplace I love the Greek Islands so much, the food, the weather, the people, the water.... it's heaven on earth for me. So I love to read fiction set there... Top two are favorites... bottom two are recent additions to my #TBR thanks to Book outlet. 🌞🌊🌍💕

Cinfhen Now it's my turn to hang my head in shame 😔I've never read any of these! 3y
howjessreads Have you read This Rough Magic?? 3y
KarenUK @jess.how No but I've added it to my TBR now 😍👍 thanks! 3y
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ApoptyGina69 The Magus blew me away when I first read it. Keep meaning to get a nice copy rather than the chunky paperback I still have. I really liked 3y
LeeRHarry Victoria Hislop is one of my faves!! 😊 3y
KarenUK @ApoptyGina69 I love the Magus... 💕 3y
KarenUK @Cinfhen No shame needed! But I highly recommend The Magus if you liked The Secret History.... very similar vibe....😊💕 3y
KarenUK @LeeRHarry not read her yet😔.... But going to fix it with this one soon 👍💕 3y
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jdtchicago
Magus | John Fowles

Think what it would be like if you got back to your island and there was no old man, no girl any more. No mysterious fun and games. The whole place locked up forever.

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KarenUK
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#day7 #seasonsreadings2016 .... some favorite reads #setonanisland .... 😊📚💕

TrishB Gorgeous pic 😊 3y
KarenUK @Trisha thanks! 😍 3y
LeahBergen There are some great ones in here! 3y
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Redwritinghood
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I almost forgot today's photo challenge. For #threwitacrosstheroom, The Magus gets my vote. Arrogant, misogynistic . . . Need I go on? #photoadaynov16

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jdtchicago
Magus | John Fowles

The human race is unimportant. It is the self that must not be betrayed."

"I suppose one could say that Hitler didn't betray his self."

"You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.

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GinaAnderson
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Squeezing in a little lunchtime reading. #currentlyreading

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jdtchicago

I was born in 1927, the only child of middle-class parents, both English, and themselves born in the grotesquely elongated shadow, which they never rose sufficiently above history to leave, of that monstrous dwarf Queen Victoria.

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Oblomov26
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Both #weird and #bythesea #somethingforsept. Fowles is an acquired taste, dark, experimental and post modern. A educated young man full of self belief and importance takes a role as a teacher on a small idyllic Greek island. There he meets the millionaire patriarch who through a series of increasingly dark games challenges his self worth and morality. I read this as a young man and it impacted me. Interested to re-read to see if it holds up.

CherylDeFranceschi I read every other Fowles book, and quite liked them, but I've always been afraid to read this one. 3y
cariashley I've had this on my shelf for years and it has barely made it through some recent TBR clean outs... 3y
quirkyreader I wasn't a fan of this one. 3y
KarenUK I loved this book 💗 3y
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GinaAnderson
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I'm sure there are more but here's a stack I bought off my Litsy tbr list. #blameitonlitsy #somethingforsept

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Loreen
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This cover is something else! To be fair it was originally published in 1973, & the '70's were...the 70's. But this cover is one of the ugliest I've ever seen! #uglycover #somethingforsept #septemberphotochallenge

SusanInTiburon I think good taste was illegal in the '70s. 3y
Loreen I think so. 🙀 3y
Zelma I mean, who thought this would be appealing? 😬 3y
Loreen I know! But someone must have thought that the dude in a goat head would be attractive to the ladies. 😹 3y
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quirkyreader
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Panpan

The cover says it all. I didn't like this story. But others might.

Kirstin That's a bummer. 🙁 3y
DebinHawaii A definite bummer 😑 3y
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The_Literary_Jedi
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#day29 of #augustphotochallenge is an #impulsebuy and this particular book had caught my eye so often but I never thought about purchasing it, placing it back on the shelf for another time. Picked it up about two years ago finally and still haven't read it. #augustofpages

Twocougs It's sitting on my bookshelf asking me to read it 3y
CherylDeFranceschi I've had this book on my TBR for probably 30 years! I've read everything else he ever wrote, but this one kinda scares me. 3y
KarenUK It's fantastic! It's one of my favorites.... 3y
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quirkyreader
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I was originally reading the edition on the right, but the print is way too small. So I went to my local and checked out a hardback copy. And yes the print is bigger. 🐸🐙

LeahBergen I am of an age now that I REALLY can't stand teeny print in a mass-market paperback 😁 3y
quirkyreader @LeahBergen I agree. Granted publishers want to cram everything they can in a small amount of space, but humans weren't meant to stick things up to their faces to read them. 3y
ValerieAndBooks I'm totally with you on trying to read tiny print...the few mass markets I have are still around because of sentimental reasons. 3y
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HyacinthGirl
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Youthful existentialism AND TS Eliot? Be still my heart.

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HyacinthGirl
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Slow day at work means breaking out the books👍

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HyacinthGirl
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