The Magus By John Fowles  » Books  »
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Reviewer: NeilG1

  • Before he goes, he is ominously warned to avoid the waiting room by a past teacher at the school

    • The Magus was the first novel John Fowles ever attempted to write. By the time he finally finished it, he had written and published two more. Since then, he has gone back to revise the novel and this new edition is probably the one you will read.

      I am told the old one is even more cerebral and confusing and personally wouldn’t like to try it. The Magus is the story of a young man named Nick D’Urfe, who graduates from Oxford and finds he has nothing he wants to do.

      His father was a straight laced


      army officer who never showed him affection. Both of Nick’s parents died in a plane crash.

      Nick finds he has new neighbours living below him, they are Australian and he starts a relationship with one of them. As they drift apart, Nick decides he needs to leave the country, he ends up taking a teaching job on a remote Greek island.

      Before he goes, he is ominously warned to avoid “the waiting room” by a past teacher at the school. Once he arrives, Nick learns more and more about a mysterious islander named Conchis, who owns a ...


      • huge amount of the island and was once the mayor but ran into scandal during the German Occupation in WW2.

        Nick starts to visit Conchis regularly and learns more and more about him whilst finding himself in the midst of an elaborate stage show Conchis has put on where nothing can be believed and all is symbolic. As the novel progresses, Nick finds himself falling for a woman who appears to be the Ghost of Conchis’ old fiancee, leading him further and further into the abyss… The Magus took John Fowles more than four years to write

        and is undoubtedly one of the most cerebral books ever written.

        The plot has so many twists and turns that even though it goes on for a good 600 pages, you\’re still left utterly confused and back where you started. This is an extremely well written book and even though Nick is a fairly arrogant, insular character, you feel a lot of empathy for him as he tries to keep the excitement alive.

        The reader is transported with him on a remrkable adventure and like Nick, though it is utterly incomprehensible at times, you will come back for more.




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