Magician's Assistant

Paperback | September 15, 1998

byAnn Patchett

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A secretive magician's death becomes the catalyst for his partner's journey self-discovery in this 'enchanting' book ( San Francisco Chronicle ) 'that is something of a magic trick in itself' (Newsweek). When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine-who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years-learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well. Sabine is left to unravel his secrets, and the journey she takes, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her. Sabine's extraordinary tale, 'with its big dreams, vast spaces, and disparate realities lying side by side' captures the hearts of its readers and 'proves to be the perfect place for miraculous transformations' ( The New Yorker ). " "

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The national bestseller--now in paperback. When the magician Parsifal dies, his assistant, Sabine, who was also for only the last few months of his life married to Parsifal, must sort out the emotional baggage she inherits.s

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A secretive magician's death becomes the catalyst for his partner's journey self-discovery in this 'enchanting' book ( San Francisco Chronicle ) 'that is something of a magic trick in itself' (Newsweek). When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine-who was also his faithful assistant for ...

ANN PATCHETT is the author of six novels, including Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize . She has written for the Atlantic, Gourmet, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, the Washington Post , and others .

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.06 × 7.63 × 0.9 inPublished:September 15, 1998Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0156006219

ISBN - 13:9780156006217

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Magicians Assistant Great but ended too abruptly.
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting, but drags on a fair bit Sabine is lost when her husband, Parsifal, passes away. She knew he wouldn't have much longer but with a sudden aneurysm, she's left in shock. She remains in her husbands large house and ponders over their unusual relationship. Sabine met Parsifal as a waitress when he was performing as a magician and asked her up on stage to help out. She fell in love with him, even though he was gay, and became the magician's assistant. Parsifal fell in love with Phan however, a Vietnamese man who moved in. When Phan passed away, Parsifal agreed to marry Sabine. After Parsifal's passing, Sabine gets a call from the estate lawyer telling her that Parsifal is leaving money to his family. Except, Parsifal told Sabine that his family was dead and she doesn't even know they exist. This book follows Sabine's journey as she learns who Parsifal's family is and why he told her they were all dead. Slowly she learns more and more about her lost family-in-law, and why they were suddenly abandoned. This book is well written, but is way too slow. The pace was only JUST enough to keep me reading it. Each time you learn something new you think the pace might pick up a bit, but it doesn't. Then there's the ending. The ending was unexpected, shocking, and yet still disappointing. I almost felt like it was a cop out and that Sabine was just throwing away Parsifal's memory to find a replacement.
Date published: 2008-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Light Story If you are like me sometimes you need a book that does not require a lot of thought but is well written. Recently The Magician's Assistant was that type of book for me. Anne Patchett's writing style is so compelling and fluid you just want to keep reading. The story unfolds like an onion as you learn more and more about the characters and the ending leaves you wanting more. Definitely a wonderful read for a weekend or summer vacation.
Date published: 2006-08-11

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The national bestseller--now in paperback. When the magician Parsifal dies, his assistant, Sabine, who was also for only the last few months of his life married to Parsifal, must sort out the emotional baggage she inherits.s

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Patchett's third novel is something of a magic trick itself -- a 90s love story wrought with the same grace and classic charm of a 19th-century novel...We read Patchett's novel with the same pleasure and awe of an audience watching a chained Houdini escape from an underwater chamber.