The Greatest Novel Ever?

Discussions relating to John Fowles' novel The Magus.

Re: The Greatest Novel Ever?

Postby 1963.Rnumi2 on Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:43 pm

My impression at the time -- 40+ years ago -- was that perhaps he was inspired by Herman Hesse's "Glass Bead Game"...?!
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Re: The Greatest Novel Ever?

Postby MikeHicks on Sat May 26, 2012 7:49 pm

I've not read enough novels to proclaim any as The Greatest Novel Ever, but The Magus is definitely the best I've read.

I read it at 13, then 22, then 35, then 42. I'm now 53 and just read it again. It has been a very different book each time.

I gave copies to my 19-year-old son and my 17-year-old daughter. They had radically different interpretations of the work, as I expected. They each had different interpretations, although they each understood Fowles' intended moral of the story.

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Re: The Greatest Novel Ever?

Postby chrisjacob on Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:31 am

Your review about “The Magus” exactly fits to the novel. There is no embarrassment; we can describe this novel as one of the best novels and the best effort by John Fowles. He beautifully describes the life of a graduate, Nicholas Urfe through the novel.




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