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5.0 out of 5 stars Fowles second book shows that 'No man is an Island', 21 Oct. 1998
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This review is from: The Magus (Paperback)
Fans of Fowles' first novel, 'The Collector', will find much to admire in this, his second. 'The Magus' continues the exploration of Fowles' twin obsessions: The everchanging balance of power in relationships, and Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. It is a novel in which the reader is as confused as the protaganist, Nicholas Urfe, a teacher on Phraxos, a remote Greek Island, whos life is turned upside down upon meeting a mysterious and reclusive resident. The more he comes to know the man, the deeper he becomes embroiled in a world of twist and counter-twist, never quite knowing who or what to trust and forced to constantly question his own sanity. The wonderful thing about this novel is that the reader is never entirely sure where they, like Nicholas, are being led: They are always wondering whether a casual remark is really throw-away, or whether it actually has hidden meaning. This reader certainly entertained one or two dozen possible 'explanations' of events before the books' denouement, most of which were sadly wide of the mark! Highly recommended.
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