The Magician, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)

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Set in the bohemian cafe society of Paris at the turn of the nineteenth century, Maugham's exploration of hypnotism and the occult was inspired by the sinister black magician Aleister Crowley.

At the start of this compulsive gothic horror story, Arthur and his beautiful, innocent fiancee Margaret look forward to an idyllic life together, until they encounter the mesmerising and repulsive Oliver Haddo...

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I enjoyed this rather melodramatic and contrived novel, written in 1908 about magic and the occult in Edwardian England/Paris. It does have some dated prose and it tends to heap on the detail in rather list like form at times. Margaret is rather contrived and the author never convinces us why she acts the way that she does, but that is part of the magic/hypnotism story.But it is interesting to read what must have been a topical novel at the time.

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I enjoyed this rather melodramatic and contrived novel, written in 1908 about magic and the occult in Edwardian England/Paris. It does have some dated prose and it tends to heap on the detail in rather list like form at times. Margaret is rather contrived and the author never convinces us why she acts the way that she does, but that is part of the magic/hypnotism story.But it is interesting to read what must have been a topical novel at the time.

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I was a bit disappointed in this short work. Perhaps it was inevitable given my expectations after reading Of Human Bondage. In any case, while the story was interesting and read well (as do most of Maugham's efforts), the work lacked any real depth and read more like a dime store novel than a serious exploration of the occult or supernatural.

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