By turns disturbing, thrilling and seductive, John Fowles’ The Magus is a feast for the mind and the senses.
A young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, accepts a teaching post on a remote Greek island to escape an unsatisfactory love affair. There, his friendship with a reclusive millionaire evolves into a mysterious – and deadly – game of violence, seduction and betrayal. As he is drawn deeper into the trickster’s psychological traps, Nicholas finds it increasingly difficult to distinguish past from present, fantasy from reality. He becomes a desperate man fighting for his sanity and survival.
Fifty Years On
If, as I did, you came of age in the Sixties, then one rite of passage you may have undergone was reading John Fowles’s bestselling Bildungsroman, The Magus (1965), which provided, it was said, an...Read more