The Magus By John Fowles Essay

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The Magus by John Fowles

The Magus, by John Fowles, is a six-hundred-and-five page book, which I have read all of. It was copyrighted in 1965 by Little, Brown & Company (Canada) Limited, and was dedicated to Astarte. John Fowles has written many other books, such as: A Maggot, Daniel Martin, Land, The Tree, poems, and literally dozens of others. The critiques of these books state they are all fiction, but are in a wide variety of areas.
The main character, Mr. Nicholas Urfe, is extremely bored with life. He attended Oxford and taught for a year at a public school, before becoming an English teacher at the Lord Bryon School in Greece, on the island of Phraxos. Nicholas talked to a former teacher who warned him to beware of "the waiting room" without explanation. Paying no mind to this warning, Nicholas continues his journey and meets a young lady named Allison Kely. During Nicholas's first six months in Greece, he finds the school claustrophobic, but island beautiful. Before the end of the first of three parts of this book, Nicholas is seriously contemplating suicide. He meets an old man named Mr. Maurice Conchis, and that is where things begin to get weird. He goes through many experiences with this old man and that's what this book discusses.

The book is in first person told through the eyes of Nicholas Urfe in the 1940's. Although Mr. Conchis is Nicholas's friend, he is also an antagonist. You find later in the book that he has been playing tricks on Nicholas. Important characters in this book are Alison, Mr. Conchis, and Mr. Conchis's female friends. Alison is Nicholas's lover and impacts his life greatly. Mr. Conchis and his female friends make a base for the plot to thicken. Watching them carefully will lead to whole new dimensions of this book.

The many conflicts in this book include: Man...

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