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The Magus

John Fowles

A literary thriller set on a remote Greek island, The Magus follows Nicholas Urfe, a young Englishman who befriends a local millionaire. But what starts out as a friendship soon turns into a dangerous game, with reality and fantasy intentionally blurred. Full of suspense and eroticism, this novel is an international bestseller and has cemented John Fowles's reputation as a top-tier writer.
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