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The Magus

John Fowles

This daring literary thriller, rich with eroticism and suspense, is one of John Fowles's best-loved and bestselling novels and has contributed significantly to his international reputation as a writer of the first degree. At the center of The Magus is Nicholas Urfe, a young Englishman who accepts a teaching position on a remote Greek island, where ...
Publish Date
First Published in 1965
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Q: What books have influenced your life?` EW: Russell Crowe, who I am working with on a film, gave me John Fowle’s The Magus.      source
When I did a Top 10 list for fave books a while back, “The Magus” by John Fowles was on it. It’s a magical humbling of a novel, an upper-crusty snob just getting *messed* with, I love it. (If you ever read it, get the 1977 Revised Edition, which is how Fowles intended it to be.)      source
I read this as a 21 year old and decided to see how it (and me) has changed, 30 years later. The sheer page turning storytelling still shines through, but all the “big ideas” don’t quite feel as big anymore. What favourite book of yours felt different after a longer gap?      source