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The Magus

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Uneven-ness Abounds!

Without a doubt, this is the most uneven novel I have ever read. Fowles gives the reader flashes of great talent and moments of incredulity. The Magus will chill you, inspire you, anger you, and leave you wishing you could recover the twelve hours invested. Do not let t...
Without a doubt, this is the most uneven novel I have ever read. Fowles gives the reader flashes of great talent and moments of incredulity. The Magus will chill you, inspire you, anger you, and leave you wishing you could recover the twelve hours invested. Do not let this deter you.

posted by Anonymous on January 4, 2004

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing conclusion to a really good plot

This is one of those books where it seems the author didn't have an ending to the story in mind. The first half of the book does a good job of developing the plot and characters. It then seems to wander aimlessly with subplots that never connect with the rest of the the...
This is one of those books where it seems the author didn't have an ending to the story in mind. The first half of the book does a good job of developing the plot and characters. It then seems to wander aimlessly with subplots that never connect with the rest of the theme. The "trial" is a low point - a macaber element right out of a Steven King novel - unnecessary it seems to the story for nothing would change if it were left out. The whole episode with "Nygaard" never makes its way to an understanding by the reader of why it is even in the book. Finally, there's "Jojo" a meaningless character at the end of the novel who meanders into the story only to meander right back out. It all leaves the reader disappointed with the way the book just ends; never explaining anything of what has taken place. The main character of "Maurice Conchis" just disappears....leaving the reader begging for an explanation. It never comes, neither does a satisfactory ending.

posted by MaxMatters on February 9, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2004

    Uneven-ness Abounds!

    Without a doubt, this is the most uneven novel I have ever read. Fowles gives the reader flashes of great talent and moments of incredulity. The Magus will chill you, inspire you, anger you, and leave you wishing you could recover the twelve hours invested. Do not let this deter you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    full of intrigue

    This book has many twists and is action packed. There seems to be an epistomologic message behind the book. Unfortunately, philosophy is not one of my strengths. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy very deep emotional literature. I didn't fully understand the characture Conchis. I didn't understand his motives. He seemed overtly mysterious and a bit too powerful.

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