The Magus

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 1985

byJohn Fowles

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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.

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John Fowles's celebrated cult novel enters the Modern Library for the first time.The Magus (1965) is one of the most enigmatic and magical novels of the second half of the century. The surrealistic sojourn of Nicholas Urfe on a Greek island mixes the real and the fantastic in a tour de force of sustained image-making."Fast and frightening...an emotional maelstrom of high intrigue", wrote Newsweek ...

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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 deliber...

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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 delibe...

John Fowles was born in Essex, England, in 1926. He attended the University of Edinburgh for a short time, left to serve in the Royal Marines, and then returned to school at Oxford University, where he received a B.A. in French in 1950. Fowles taught English in France and Greece, as well as at St. Godric's College in London. Although the main theme in all Fowles's fiction is freedom, there are few other similarities ...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 6.9 × 4.1 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 1985Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0440351626

ISBN - 13:9780440351627

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant One of the cult classics of the 20th century, full of labyrinthine twists and lyrical wanderings through the Greek landscape. A must-read...at least twice.
Date published: 2006-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites This is a great book with lots of mystery and intrigue. You won't know what is going on until the end. If you liked the Michael Douglas Movie "The Game", you will like this book, because the plot for the game is strikingly similar.
Date published: 2000-06-29