The Magus by John Fowles

Let me start by saying that I did not like this book. I mean, it was fairly interesting up to a point but it got quite repetitive. All I was thinking while reading it was “when does it end?”.

It’s the story of a young man who takes a teaching position on a remote Greek island, and finds himself mixed up in a really weird situation. I don’t want to spoiler – in case you want to read it – so I won’t say what the situation was.

The main character is an asshole. There’s nothing there to make me like him; I don’t care if he suffers, if he’s happy, if he dies. All the characters feel like paper. The women are all a version of the madonna-whore complex, disguised femme fatales, unreal – in a bad sense.

I chose this book after a multitude of recommendations by people I shouldn’t trust – since we don’t have similar tastes. But, as I’ve stated before, I am prepared to read anything.

I actually bought it as a gift for a friend, before I’ve even read it, and she loved it. It would be interesting to have her write a post from her point of view. Maybe I missed something – I’m fairly certain I did miss something -, but I would recommend it to people who like philosophical theories disguised as novels. Like Sophie’s World (Sofies Verden in Norwegian) by Jostein Gaarder – which was great for a revision on my philosophy course in high school, by the way.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Have you read The collector?

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  2. Marina S. says:

    No, is it any good?

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