Magus (Fowles)

The Magus
John Fowles, 1966
Little, Brown & Co.; Random House
~650 pp. (varies by publisher)
ISBN-13: 9780316296199 (Little, Brown & Co.)
ISBN-13: 9780440351627 (Random House)

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. (From the publisher.)

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