'An astonishing achievement' Anthony Burgess
Read John Fowles’s feisty, clever, cunning and compelling novel with an unusual twist.
On a remote Greek island, Nicholas Urfe finds himself embroiled in the deceptions of a master trickster. As reality and illusion intertwine, Urfe is caught up in the darkest of psychological games. John Fowles expertly unfolds a tale that is lush with over-powering imagery in a spellbinding exploration of human complexities. By turns disturbing, thrilling and seductive, The Magus is a feast for the mind and the senses.
“A major work of mounting tensions in which the human mind is the guinea-pig... Mr Fowles has taken a big swing at a difficult subject and his hits are on the bull's eye”
“A deliciously toothsome celebration of wanton story-telling”
“A splendidly sustained piece of mystification”
“One of those that's best read as a teenager, but once read you'll never forget it”
Katy Guest, The Independent
“Suspend disbelief and enjoy a master storyteller”
Christie Hickman, Sunday Express
“It is original and contemporary; it is intelligent. Most of all, it is great, good, lavish, eerie fun. Read it in one sitting if possible (late at night is best)--but read it. It is a marvelous, compelling novel, of a kind that doesn't come around very often”
New York Times, 1966