Monday, November 1, 2010

What I'm Reading Right Now: The Magus

With a hectic travel schedule combined with constant deadlines at work, reading for leisure is definitely one of the simple pleasures I am thankful for.

I stumbledupon this list by Time of the top 100 Hundred Novels (the original inspiration for this blog) and started with John Fowles' "Magus." The novel is written from the point of view of a narcassistic young man, Nicholas Urfe, who takes a teaching position on an unnerving island off the coast of Greece, where he forms a friendship with a rich man who lives on the island's coast.

The book delves into the mind games the old man, Conchis, plays with Nicholas. While the writing is impressively descriptive -- "The house was as quiet as death, as the inside of a skull."-- and the suspense of the games results in a page turner, I'm starting to wonder if I'm ever going to understand the point of these constant lies and game changers. Regardless, I'm eager to finish the story and discover where the confusion will lead to an ending.

"It poured with rain the day I left. But I was filled with excitement, a strange exuberant sense of taking wing. I didn't know where I was going, but I needed a new land, a new race, a new language; and, although I couldn't have put it to words then, I needed a new mystery."

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