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The Magus ➾ [Download] ➾ The Magus By John Fowles ➳ – Çağının yarı entelektüel bunalımlarını geçirmekte olan Oxford mezunu Nicholas Urfe İngiltere'nin kasvetinden ve aşktan kaçmak için ücra bir Yunan adasına İngilizce öğretmeni olarak Çağının yarı entelektüel bunalımlarını geçirmekte olan Oxford mezunu Nicholas Urfe İngiltere'nin kasvetinden ve aşktan kaçmak için ücra bir Yunan adasına İngilizce öğretmeni olarak gider Tekbaşına sıkıntılı günler geçirdiği şair olduğuna dair hayallerinin de suya düştüğü bu sırada gizemli milyoner Conchis ile tanışırBüyücü insan zihninin labirentlerinde dolaşan metafizik bir eğlence trenidir adeta Bu labirentlerde gerçeklikle sanrı arasındaki gri bölge kahramanımızca ihlal edilir Birbiri ardına gelişen ürkütücü olayların aşk ve ihanetin sonucunda Urfe başta kendi akıl sağlığı olmak üzere her şeyden şüphelenir bir duruma gelirMitolojik öğelere ve Shakespeare'in ünlü oyunu Fırtana'ya çeşitli göndermelerin yapıldığı hikayede John Fowles savaşın acımasızlığını bir Akdeniz adasının dinginliğini insan zihinin karmaşık yapısını kadın erkek ilişkisinin doğasını Tanrı ve özgürlük kavramlarını ustaca anlatımıyla irdeler Gerçek özgürlüğün ancak kenidini tanımakla mümkün olabileceği savından yola çıkılarak hayallerle gerçek deneyimler arasındaki ilişkiler Fowles'un Prospero'su Conchis tarafından bir dizi yanılsama maske ve gösteriyle çarpıcı bir biçimde sahneye konurBüyücü'de insanlığın karşı karşıya bulunduğu tehdit Batı kültürünün duvarları arasına oludğu kadar insanın kendi bilincinin duvarları arasına da gizlenmiştir Urfe gibi içinde doğdukları kültürün sosyal yapılarınca dayatılan davranış kalıplarından uzak durma özgürlüğüne sahip olduklarını keşfeden bireylerin çabalarıyla varılabilecek yeni bir bilinç düzeyine yolculuktur buRandom House'un yüzyılda İngiliz dilinde yazılmış en iyi yüz yapıt listesinde yer alan Büyücü kişisel özgürlüğe ulaşmanın ve insanın kendini keşfetmesinin zorluklarına dair bir edebiyat şöleni.

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  1. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    The Magus is a stunner magnificent in ambition supple and gorgeous in execution It fits no neat category; it is at once a pyrotechnical extravaganza a wild hilarious charade a dynamo of suspense and horror a profoundly serious probing into the nature of moral consciousness a dizzying electrifying chase through the labyrinth of the soul an allegorical romance a sophisticated account of modern love a ghost story that will send shivers racing down the spine Lush compulsive richly inventive eerie provocative impossibly theatrical it is in spite of itself convincing Thus wrote Eliot Fremont Smith in his New York Times book review when this magnificent novel was first published back in 1966 For me this novel counts as one powerful literary experience not only did I read the book but I also listened to the outstanding audio version read by Nicholas Boulton Stupidity is lethal One of the many musing from first person narrator Nicholas Urfe a dashingly handsome twenty five year old Oxford educated Englishman on the Greek island of Phraxos during a conversation with Conchis a much older wealthy recluse a man imaginative enough to remind him of Pablo Picasso and mysterious enough to remind me of Aleister CrowleyThis 660 pager begins with Nicholas Urfe recounting his background as an only child of middle class parents stickler brigadier father an officious military man down to his toes a man forever trotting out words like discipline and tradition and responsibility to undergird his position on any topic obedient housebound mother public school education what in the US is called private school short stint in the army during peacetime and then reading English at Oxford When one day at Oxford he receives word that both his mother and father died in an airplane crash Nicholas feels a great relief since he no longer is obliged to carry around a huge sack of family baggage Ah family However after Oxford there’s one person who exerts a profound influence on Nicholas prior to his traveling to Phraxos to teach boys at the English run Lord Byron School Alison a gorgeous graceful Australian gal who moves in with Nicholas in his uaint apartment facing Russell Suare And that’s influence as in emotional intensity as in red hot passionate lovemaking bitter heated arguments and nearly everything in between as if their relationship is a primer for the Dionysian frenzy and chaos Nicholas will eventually encounter in GreeceWhen leaving England Nicholas calls to mind how he needs mystery in his life Well he certain gets his wish when he meets old Maurice Conchis and is initiated in unexpected ways into the atrocities of World War I and then the Nazis the vitality of Greek theater and mask acting isolation and religious fanaticism hypnotism and mysticism Freudian psychoanalysis and Jungian archetypes ancient pagan religions inexplicably mingling with science and humanism Pulled into the vortex of the brutality of recent European history and pushed out to hidden spiritual realms with a dose of romantic love thrown in along the way Nicholas is forced to confront his basic philosophic assumptions How free are we? How much influence does our culture and historic epoch have on our values? Is there a universal foundation of morality beyond social convention? What is the connection between truth and beauty? Does love conuer all or is this merely a hackneyed cliché? Toward the end of the novel we as readers join Nicholas in asking Ultimately what was the real intent and purpose of Maurice Conchis and his so called godgame? Was all of what he as a young Englishman lived through at bottom a madman’s desire to manipulate and control so much so it would it be accurate to label Conchis’ inventive masue a congame rather than a godgame? Turning the novel’s pages we are right there with Nicholas as the suspense mounts – for every mystery that appears to be solved two corollary mysteries pop up to take its place Are we delving deeper into the mysteries of the universe or the mysteries of a detective novel or both? No wonder Eliot Fremont Smith called “The Magus” a stunner I couldn’t imagine a apt one word description I can also appreciate John Gardner’s judgement when he wrote Fowles is the only writer in English who has the power range knowledge and wisdom of a Tolstoy or James

  2. MacK MacK says:

    My students like to use the made up word unputdownable I always laugh at this I can always put down a book I can even put down this one The problem is I can't seem to stop picking it up againWe are thrown whether we like it or not into the addled frantic mind of Nicholas Urfe a man in the middle of a suspenseful psychological experiment The only problem is without telling us Fowles turns it into a suspenseful philosophical experiment as well We are left never fully knowing what is to come next what is real and what is unreal And we become so attached so dependent upon Urfe his reactions to the moments his arrogant assumptions about what is true and what is false that we become as mentally addled as he is and as incapable of leaving the invented world of the magus behind as he isMy mother managed to put it down and leave it down I drove on like Urfe deeper and deeper into the tormented abyss that is compulsion and an inability to accept freedom All the while uestioning everything I knew about love about obligations about intelligence trust truth fiction theater and of course freedomI don't know if I fully understand the book just as Urfe doesn't fully understand the experiment But I knew I wouldn't stop that I was free to stop but that rather than feeling obliged to finish or understand I exercised my freedom to explore and discoverRather than repeating the unputdownable line I think this book can best be described as a Niel LaBute play put into prose or rather LaBute is Fowles put into the theater You are never sure of your footing never confident in your stance and sure that no matter how you love the journey you will receive a wicked kidney punch in due course And that love and freedom means that you are willing to accept the kidney punch if that's what it takes to understand

  3. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    5 cinematic psychosexual thriller stars 6th Favorite Read of 2018 This is a book that can be easily dismissed when we are guarded cynical fearful or imperious I started this book at a remote location with very small font that hurt my trifocal visionand yetamidst mosuitoes overheating and copious amounts of food I returned over and over until my vision gave out and I fouind a larger print Anita Brookner to round out my week I returned to an e copy on my return However this book was forever in my imagination and entered my dreams on those sultry nights while I heard the loons calling over the lake I started by resisting this book and I was guarded cynical fearful and imperious towards it just as the protagonist was as he went through a most profound personal transformation from self absorption to self awareness A middle class Englishman Nicolas Urfe is without family or prospects He is handsome and breaks women's hearts particularly Alison a sensual and earthy Aussie He moves to an island in beautiful Greece to teach at an Academy and becomes embroiled in one of modern lit's most interesting psychodramas headed by a high priest of manipulation Conchis and his acolytes or actors or fellow therapists or clergy In fact we never really find out who they are or what they want with our Englishman He is driven mad by sexual desire by two twin sisters while Alison haunts him from back home He confuses selfishness with love desire with necessity sexuality for spirituality He is psychologically tortured manipulated hurt and reborn by a series of incidents that lure him deeper into Conchis' web We never find out what is real what is supernatural what is hypnosis what are lies ? As we read our own defenses come down and we are stricken to our core by some psychodynamic magic or perhaps the power of Ancient Greek Gods and Godesses The book is filled with religious philosophical erotic and artistic content and we begin to drown along with our hero into both death and rebirth The prose is both profound and contrived both elegant and farcical both beautiful and obscene Unless we make peace with dialectics we will never make it out of this labyrinth A remarkable feat of 1960s ornate psychosexual grandeur

  4. Jessica Baxter Jessica Baxter says:

    this book fucked me up i suppose it could be defined as a psychological thriller but its very jungian steeped in metaphor and symbolism and eroticisim and mythology and shakespeare its also an intense love story of sorts the main character is a completely fleshed out real flawed person who you relate to and fear for and empathize with the premise is that this british guy gets a teaching job on a small island in greece soon after WWII ends and becomes intwined in the livesmind games of this man and his crewjust when you meaning the protagonist think you know whats really going on with these people it all changes and youre left baffled and curious and invested than ever in addition to being all of those things its a really fast read despite its 700 pages and a really interesting commentary on europe after the war especially brits

  5. Shovelmonkey1 Shovelmonkey1 says:

    Here on Goodreads rather than judging a book by its cover it is always handier to judge a book based on what your friends and people you are following had to say about it after it had passed under their beady eyes I have 91 friends here on Goodreads and follow 6 people and of the 12 friends and three people I'm following only one Kingfan30 wrote a review Even the louacious members of the group have chosen to remain silent Karen Mike and PetraX not a jot or a scribble yet I can see all the ratings but around the book itself there is a sphinx like silence It is fair to say that the silence surrounding this book speaks volumesI on the other hand am loud and shouty and even though I did not finish this book or understand it in the slightest well I am going to have my say So here goesWhat the hell happened there then?I have got no idea what happenedCan anyone explain what happened?Did John Fowles even know what was going on?Is everyone else confused?GoodThis book is on the 1001 Books to Read Before you Die list I am proposing they move it to the 1001 Books to Confuse the Living Baby Cheesus out of you Before You Die and Even After You are Dead You Might Still be Wondering Exactly What The Hell That Was All About listPrincipally the story of commitmentophobic Oxford graduate Nicholas Urfe who runs away from his girlfriend and gets a summer job teaching on a picturesue Greek Island With the unwitting sixth sense that only the public school educated seem to possess see The Secret History by Donna Tart he immediately finds the seedy underbelly within the seemingly sunny and simple island living Embraced in the dark clutches of the mysterious Maurice Conchis possible Naziwizardpedlar of hallucinogenic drugsmadman Nicholas participates in a parade of obscene vignettes masues and midnight alfresco romping What does it all mean? Damned if I know What happened in the end? Dunno I gave up because I am a uitter but I am sure if I had carried on reading I'd have been none the wiser anyway

  6. Julie Christine Julie Christine says:

    Oh boy Here's the thing If you read this novel as a citizen of 2010 a member of our hyper speed uber connected modern society that navel gazes in 140 word bytes with little interest in true introspection The Magus will seem almost comical in its psycho thrilling Jungian dribbling plot and Baroue meets mod writing style If you dear reader consider that The Magus was partially written nearly 60 years ago begun in the early 50s published in '65 revised in '76 its risky political and sexual behavior and twisted plot now seems the apex of modernity of post war culture This is David Lynch decades before he wrapped Isabella Rossellini in blue velvet White Rabbit when Grace Slick was in pigtails free love to a generation stripping off their bobby socks Schindler's List for young people who had vivid memories of World War II and their parents of the Great War As a read I found it intoxicating I was surprised at every turn and despite its substantial size never bored or exhausted Although I enjoyed it to bits I couldn't recommend it to any of my GoodReads buddies I honestly think you'd hate it That's not a throwing down of the gauntlet but a genuine Caveat emptor If you didn't like The French Lieutenant's Women steer well clear of The Magus Fowles in his foreward to the 1976 revision acknowledges the many negative critical reviews received upon its initial publication justified criticisms of excess over complexity and artificiality But as he reflects on his motivation in writing he realizes that The Magus must remain a novel of adolescence written by a retarded adolescent and that freedom one of the central themes of the novel must be grasped by the writer to create whatever worlds he or she damn well pleases I celebrate the notion of the latter as long as the reader is gifted a damn good story For those of us who suffered through The Most Dangerous Game and The Lottery in 7th grade English I offer up the satisfaction of The Magus

  7. Vit Babenco Vit Babenco says:

    We gravitate to mysteries The great unknown calls usThe craving to risk death is our last great perversion We come from night we go into night Why live in night?Straight from the biblical times temptation is the main moving force that pushes humanity to seek knowledge And who cares if our knowledge is a set of misconceptions?Living is an eternal wanting in the coarsest grocer and in the sublimest mysticWe live and we learn but there always is something that is left outside our cognizance so there always is a desire to come to the edge of the world and to look down into the abyss

  8. Beth Beth says:

    I had no idea what this book was about The prose style was nice but the plot was completely unfathomable I decided about a third of the way through the book that it was one of the worst things I had ever read But due to some strange self flagellatory compulsion I told myself there was no way I was going to let it beat me so I slogged through teeth clenched until the end I found out later that they actually made a movie out of it About the film Woody Allen is to have said If I could live my life over again I would do everything the same except for seeing 'The Magus' As for the book I couldn't have said it better myself Woody

  9. Joey Woolfardis Joey Woolfardis says:

    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003Nicholas Urfe an Oxford graduate post war with no direction and a slight hint of nymphomania travels to Greece to work as an English teacher on the remote island of Phraxos mostly to get away from an Australian girl he shagged but doesn't love and wants to ditchUnsurprisingly the remoteness is boring and he is drawn to browsing the island where he finds an even remote house in which lives Conchis the titular character whom holds all the mystery that Nicholas desiresThere's not a lot else one can say without giving it away but the mystery deepens and we fall in to a trap alongside Nicholas of uite mixed proportions The beginning of The Magus is one of most fantastic and tantalising beginnings in literature certainly that I've read and even with reading crime fiction on a regular basis I've never been kept so in the dark and felt the need to know what happens next There were so many surprises in the first half of the book that what happens next makes anger rise rapidlyThe descent of this book over a cliff is an understatement I want to admit that although one could never call this book even remotely nice to women or homosexuals or black men it is not excusable but explainable by the era it was written in When women were shits because men said they were I never really cared much about the treatment or behaviour of the women no matter how much anyone says that feminism is a woman enjoying sex so we'll leave that out of thisWhat I did care about was the banality of the reveal the incomprehensible shiteness of the plot outcome The sheer let down that such a wonderful mysterious opening began but soon left behind as if it were another book in another dimension on another plane tucked neatly and resolutely under a rock First person narrative is always tricky and I'd never consider myself a fan but in this case the irregular unreliable narrator of Nicholas was welcome and necessary One cannot have omniscience with someone playing godOne can say that perhaps at the time it was written it was a good book With a good shock a nice little fight against the prude nature of Victorian Classics like most Modern Classics seem to be I enjoyed the contrast but ultimately I think it took it's course too far and as I said before fell off the cliff without a ropeBlog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  10. Simon Simon says:

    SPOILERSWell everything one might say about this book could be taken as a spoiler including this very remarkThe book is a pretty good read or it would have been if it had weighed in at two hundred or so pages shorter And given that the book is entirely a gradual denouement one has to admire Fowles's skill in controlling it over such a long span like a musician making a hugely long crescendoBut I guess in the end I didn't much like the book In the 'trial' scene a report is read out about the narrator of which the narrator himself admits a large amount of validity And I can't help feeling that it indicts and is supposed to indict the author himself The book is narcissistic in the extreme A narcissistic young man much immature than he thinks he is becomes the object of a psychological experiment? or intervention? conducted by a group of enormously wealthy people who stage manage all sorts of weird situations on a beautiful Greek island They include a pair of beautiful young female twins yes two count 'em of which one and it's clear it might have been both does all sorts of nice things to his private parts They are all so interested in him Isn't that cool?Apparently he's only the latest in a succession of such experimentsinterventions all conducted you guessed it on narcissistic young men who are much immature than they think they are And it seems they've all involved kinky situations in which the bounds of bourgeois morality are swept away in the name of some unnamed and unspecified higher truth Exactly why these people are doing what they are doing whether really out of benevolent concern for all these young men or out of commitment to some liberated science is never exactly made clear Clearly any answer to this would be too 'little' or parochial to justify all the action that the group generates so it really cannot be explained without deflating the entire book But that's never a good thing in a book when it has to keep silent on something so as not to appear sillyAnd the attitudes to gender throughout the book OK granted it's partly about how the narrator comes to realize he's fucked up about this but 600 pages of desperate desire for the female muse alternating with enraged desire to whip literally and crush metaphorically various of the women involved in the narrator's 'education' followed by 50 pages of oh I must try and do better Well I'm not convinced The book seems an unpleasant young man's jerk off fantasy which makes his control of the book's crescendo over such a long span all the impressive I supposeThere's also a whole epistemological theme to the book How it asks do we know what's real? How tell what's true? But I'm damned if I see what the book is supposed to say about that No one who stumbles into the perfectly executed plans of rich eccentrics with unlimited resources to control is going to be able to separate reality from illusion I mean come on Descartes's evil genius has nothing on Maurice ConchisSo final verdict the book is callow and jejune And not in a nice way

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