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Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

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by Daniel Wallace

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Henry Walker was once a world-class magician, performing to sold-out shows in New York. But now he has been reduced to joining Musgrove's Chinese Circus (which at no point in its tour of the deep South has ever included a single Chinese person) as the shambling Negro Magician, whose dark black skin and electric green eyes bewitch most audiences. But one balmy

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Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was in the early 1930¿s when Henry Walker was ten years old and he supposedly met the devil in person. The devil gave him the powers he would have to live with for the rest of his life. Then one day Henry¿s beautiful little sister disappeared and Henry knew it had been the devil who took her. Struggling through his life, motherless and living desperately with his drunken father, Henry (at the brink of being homeless) is given pigmentation pills so that he may lead a life as a Negro magician. At thirty-years-old, he becomes a magician for a traveling circus. Then, one night in 1954, he goes missing. Some circus performers, all of whom are convinced that they are Henry¿s only friend, share what they have learned about Henry¿s past, having been told the story by Henry himself.

Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, unfortunately, did not make sense to me at all. It was not only confusing, but didn¿t have a point. At the last page of the book, I still didn¿t know if it really had been the devil whom Henry saw. The only character I liked was Henry and in the end, it made it seem as if he was clueless and that his life was spent for nothing. It didn¿t really ¿end¿, it just stopped. The book seemed to try very hard to end on a good note and describe the setting slowly to make it seem as if it were the end, but it didn¿t convince me. The only reason I kept reading the book was because I wanted to see Henry win. I was disappointed highly. I wouldn¿t recommend this book to anyone because it did nothing for me.

*book contains sexual content
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was like no other book I had ever read before, and I could not put it down. Just like a great magician, the author has left me with a level of uncertainty about what exactly happened in the life of poor Henry Walker. How much of his life was illusion how much was real? I hesitate to give away the story--but suffice to say that a major, life altering change happens to Henry early on in his young life and the way it is presented to this boy 'who has already suffered more than his fair share of loss' alters his perception of the world from that day forward. From that moment on, his life becomes one of strange illusion and sadness and doom, one we see in bits and pieces through the eyes of those whose lives he touched. The story ended leaving me unsatisfied, and yet, expected.