A Book Revisited: The Magus
A Book Revisited is an on/off weekend series hosted here. If you'd like to join the meme, just grab the image above and post about a book you've read in the past that (as far as you know) has had zero or little mention in the book blogosphere. It must be a book you enjoyed and recommend. I understand that it's sometimes not possible to remember everything about a book you've read years ago so just write a brief post and leave a link in the comment section below.
The Magus by John Fowles is one of my favourite novels though I know it's a book that people either love or hate. If you didn't like it please comment anyway, as I'd love to hear why. John Fowles is a brilliant and award winning British writer who strangely enough hardly gets mentioned in book blogs.
The Magus is about a young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, who accepts a teaching position on a beautiful but isolated Greek island to escape a doomed love affair. There he befriends Conchis, an eccentric local millionaire who starts to tell him the story of his life. Before long, Nicholas spends every weekend at Conchis' home where strange things start to happen. This is a brilliantly atmospheric book that takes you on a wild ride. Here are some quotes:
"It is not only species of animal that die out, but whole species of feeling. And if you are wise you will never pity the past for what it did not know, but pity yourself for what it did."
"Girls, or a certain kind of girl, liked me; I had a car - not so common among undergraduates in those days - and I had some money. I wasn't ugly; and even more important, I had my loneliness, which, as every cad knows, is a deadly weapon with women."
"The craving to risk death is our last great perversion. We come from night, we go into night. Why live in night?"