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review The Magician Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB W. Somerset Maugham ï 3 free download free read ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB ï W. Somerset Maugham From one of literature's finest storytellers comes an enchanting tale of secrets the supernatural and fatal attraction Renowned English surgeon Arthur Burdon is engaged to the beautiful Margaret Dauncey who is studying art in Paris The match is met with approval from all sides and everyone is happy un. This was a strange and yet entertaining story This story is not based off traditional witchcraft but gets into the shadowy and occult black arts It started out with ordinary people with ordinary lives for the time period until the mysterious Oliver Haddo comes into their lives Doctor Arthur Burdon a renowned English surgeon has a normal life with plans of marrying the love of his life Margret Things start to get weird after they encounter Oliver Haddo a self proclaimed magician and occult practitioner The magician is the acuaintance of Arthur s friend Dr Porho t who is an expert in the occult Eventually Haddo starts to infiltrate their lives to the point where lives are shattered The book has occult references black magic rituals like necromancy a supernatural dream seuence and descriptive imagery that help add to the plot s gloomy atmosphereOverall is was a decent story Background information is the author metknew occultist Aleister Crowley in real life and based the book about him Knowing myself I will reread it in a few years and I ll discover things I missed the first time I would recommend this because it entertaining Thanks

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review The Magician Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB W. Somerset Maugham ï 3 free download free read ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB ï W. Somerset Maugham Later Margaret disappears The note she leaves behind begins When you receive this I shall be on my way to London I was married to Oliver Haddo this morning Why How What mysterious power had the Magician used What further revenge might he be plotting The answers are revealed in this hair raising fanta. I m becoming increasingly fond of Maugham There is something about the self deprecation of the English that is so utterly appealing It is worth even just reading the Fragment of Autobiography that precedes the text and can be read here for a taste of his tone Bits of this made me laugh out loud Take I was looked upon as a promising young writer and I think I may say it without vanity was accepted as a member of the intelligentsia an honourable condition which some years later when I became a popular writer of light comedies I lost and have never since regained Isn t that gorgeousI think this book could so easily have been much better than it ended up but I still enjoyed it immensely and if I think that I would have written it differently that in itself is fairly high praise for a book to have me considering how I would re construct it shows how interested in its themes and concerns I wasThe antagonist in this story is based on Aleister Crowley someone who has an important role to play in Of Human Bondage too He is a real person and sounds like uite a character As you can see I m working on my understatementI kept thinking of Alan Bennett at the start of this book and his wonderful monologue A Lady of Letters where she says that in a book if someone says they are terribly alone and without love in their life and feel that nothing is ever going to change that is a sure sign that things are about to completely change for them and happiness is about to come streaming into their life whereas in life if you say that you are alone it is very likely that that is how your life will remain A truth I m or less working on proving at the momentSo at the start of this novel when the happy loving couple are gazing into each other s eyes and say that they could not be happy and Suzie says of Margaret that she must be careful as she could make Arthur unhappy than anyone else in the world well it is pretty obvious where this story is going Not that I mind that A storm is not made less frightening by our hearing it rumble in the distance as it approaches I m going to have to spoil this book for you now Haddo the character based on Crowley is a fat magician Years ago I was thinking of having a car sticker made up that said Necromancers Raise Hell I thought it was very funny but a dear friend of mine pointed out that what I take to be funny many people take to be deadly serious Haddo is that sort of magicianWhere Haddo is full of himself and terribly proud Arthur is a doctor who is the essence of rationality and who is madly in love with Margaret Margaret is in Paris having a bit of a holiday before marrying Arthur She would rather have just married Arthur but he insisted she have a bit of a holiday beforehand She is accompanied by Suzie who also falls in love with Arthur on first seeing him Haddo the magician is fat and a revolting pig of a man a fact that Arthur points out repeatedly at the start of the novel No one is completely good but Haddo is as near to completely evil as one could reasonably expect to get away with in a novelThe turning point of the novel is an altercation in which Haddo is humiliated by Arthur it is clear that Haddo plots to revenge himself on Arthur and he does this than completely by stealing Margaret from him Worse for Arthur she goes from being a pure and sweet innocent to a debauched harlot if one who remains a virgin can really be a harlot There is no doubt that Haddo is both a cad and a bounder how is it possible that either of those words could have been lost to the lexicon Or Blackguard pronounced blag ard as if the language wasn t suffering enough with the loss of Zounds But the book makes it clear that her conversion is due to Haddo s black magic You see I d not have had it so I would have left that unclear I d have played with the desire of innocent young women to be debauched under the power of mystical men much But I guess the book is also a product of its time and for a lady to make such a descent well black magic is the only possible explanationBut how much psychologically interesting this book could so easily have been All the same it reminds me of Of Human Bondage in another sense too in that idea of Maugham s that there is no hope for a balance of love Do you know that Joe Jackson song Be My Number Two A song my daughter Maddy hates than any other Won t you be my number two me and number one are through There won t be that much to do just smile when I feel blue Repeatedly he makes Suzie all too aware of her role as number two the person who everyone can see is in love with Arthur and who must do what she can to re unite him with his true love Oh love is a terrible and strange thingThere are problems with this novel as Maugham himself says The style is lush and turgid not at all the sort of style I approve of now but perhaps not unsuited to the subject and there are a great many adverbs and adjectives than I should use today All the same there are moments when the writing is breathtaking The scene in the middle of the storm towards the end where Margaret returns is a fantastic piece of writing I mean just look at this Without a pause between as uickly as a stone falls to the ground the din which was all about them ceased There was no gradual diminution But at one moment there was a roaring hurricane and at the next a silence so complete that it might have been the silence of death The other piece of writing that stood out was the whole scene between Haddo and Margaret in her apartment with him basically magically seducing her The image of the burning water is etched into my memory now though mostly the idea of him contemplating the end of the world as being in his power really stole my imagination at this point And as can be said of so much of female sexuality from this era if not all eras the loss of control is to be blamed elsewhere This is also true in this scene But Haddo s final words are When you want me you will find me And you know what I don t think I could get someone out of my mind who said that to me as they left eitherMargaret s last evening with Arthur shows just how cruel passion can be Margaret s whipping him into a sexual frenzy that can never be satisfied and the irony of this scene is fully known to the reader is a remarkable scene all the remarkable by the limits placed on Maugham s ability to say than is within the bounds of decency That kiss is as painful as any I ve ever experienced in life So even though there were things about this book I didn t particularly like and things I d have done differently I really did enjoy it and thought the bits that were good were very very good

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review The Magician Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB W. Somerset Maugham ï 3 free download free read ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB ï W. Somerset Maugham Til the mysterious Oliver Haddo enters the picture Both Arthur and his fiancee dislike the enormously fat and eccentric Oliver but are fascinated by his stories of black magic by his demonstrations of a power that seems inhuman And while they scoff at his boasts their dislike turns to loathing A month. First published in 1908 this was W Somerset Maugham s last novel for seven years as he devoted himself to writing for the theatre The rest obviously did him good as he returned with the classic Of Human Bondage but this is an interesting and lesser known novel It was inspired by meeting Alastair Crowley in Paris who became the character Oliver Haddo Crowley himself responded to Maugham s interpretation of his character with a wry magazine article How to Write a Novel which he signed using his fictional nameWe begin with Arthur Burdon a surgeon who is visiting Paris to see his fianc e Margaret He has been Margaret s guardian since she was a child and has insisted she spend the two years in Paris studying art with her friend Susie Boyd before their marriage All is light and happiness until Arthur s friend retired doctor and occult scholar Dr Porhoet introduces them to the notorious Oliver Haddo When Arthur loses his temper Haddo takes revenge in a terrible wayThis is very much a novel of two parts It begins slowly unravelling the characters their motivations and their feelings Then towards the end we have a bizarre supernatural showdown In some ways this reminds me of A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh which I read recently Not in terms of the theme but in the way the novel starts as one thing and ends as uite another I like the beginning of the novel best with the sinister Oliver Haddo initially being seen as something of a joke and then gradually revealing his powers Maugham remains one of my favourite authors and I enjoyed re reading this very much

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  • The Magician
  • W. Somerset Maugham
  • English
  • 26 May 2018
  • 9781470809256

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