The Magician E–pub READ


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  • The Magician
  • W. Somerset Maugham
  • English
  • 26 December 2020
  • 9781470809256

W. Somerset Maugham ô 4 review

Free read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô W. Somerset Maugham W. Somerset Maugham ô 4 review Free read The Magician 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

Free read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô W. Somerset MaughamThe Magician

Free read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô W. Somerset Maugham W. Somerset Maugham ô 4 review Free read The Magician 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 reads as a Gothic horror story and it grabbed me which is totally amazing Books of this genre are not ones that normally attract me I do not regret reading it Proof is in the fact that the last three hours of it I spent glued to my seat If Gothic horror stories are your cup of tea grab it immediately I guarantee you will not be disappointed While I was listening I was totally enthralled While I was listening I thought I would give it four stars Only when completed was I released from its spell Only when released from its spell could I return to my senses I have given the book three stars Yes I liked it and yes it grabbed me and yes it gave me a scary thrill but what did it teach me Actually not all that much I hope from this review you can decide if YOU should read it The setting of the novel is England and Paris France at the turn of the 20th century Margaret Dauncy is soon to marry her long time friend and beloved guardian Arthur Burdon an acclaimed English surgeon He visits her in Paris while she and her friend Susie Boyd are studying art There they come in contact with Oliver Haddo a mysterious and alluring but at the same time insidious occultist a magician of the Black Arts All are to come under his spell Just as we readers come under the spell of the bookThe occult was in fashion when Maugham wrote this in London in 1907 after a short residence in Paris living on the Left Bank The magician in the novel and the one referred to in its title was modelled on Aleister Crowley 1875 1947 an English occultist novelist poet painter and big game hunter whom Maugham had met when in Paris He had taken an immediate dislike to the man The novel is by no means a biography it is a story of fiction It is interesting to note though that Crowley on reading the novel recognized himself and wrote a declamatory review under the name of Oliver Haddo When the book was republished circa fifty years after its original publication in 1908 Maugham added a foreword Entitled A Fragment of Autobiography it explains in detail that which I have summarized in the preceding paragraph The foreword is not to be missed Both the foreword and the entire novel is in fact accessible free online here Before you grab it read what I have to say about the audiobookThe audiobook includes the foreword It is narrated by David Rintoul His performance is fantastic We are given a show a dramatization of the written words that is better than anything one can imagine I do not usually enjoy dramatizations but this I loved It is superb it cannot be improved upon Even the French is impeccably rendered Remember much takes place in Paris Don t read the book listen to it I believe I became as enthralled as I did because I listened to David Rintoul s narration Each of W Somerset Maugham s novels are different from his others in content theme and style Each is uniue a surprise and a delicious treatMy ratings of Maugham s booksThen and Now 5 starsMrs Craddock 4 starsCakes and Ale 4 starsThe Painted Veil 4 starsLiza of Lambeth 3 starsThe Razor s Edge 3 starsThe Magician 3 starsChristmas Holiday 3 starsTheatre 2 starsThe Moon and Sixpence 2 starsOf Human Bondage 2 stars

Free read The Magician

Free read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô W. Somerset Maugham W. Somerset Maugham ô 4 review Free read The Magician 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. Maugham s novel The Magician is an aesthetic disaster From the fumbling realism at the beginning of the novel to the childishly Gothic fable that it turns into the book seems to lack structure design and well developed characters Maugham himself on reading the book later described it as lush and turgid Cluttered with adjectives the writing bordering on being kitschy does little to gloss over a story that is formulaic and shallow The plot is facile and it is no surprise that it was met with derision from literary circlesThe plot in one sentence is that this novel s eponymous antihero Oliver Haddo bewitches the young beauty Margaret Dauncey into marrying him to avenge his public humiliation at the hands of Arthur Bourdon Margaret s fiance What Maugham seems to be doing in the magician is playing a bullying schoolboy ridiculing Aleister Crowley self publicist occulist and an acuaintance of Maugham s on whom the sordid character of Oliver Haddo is based The ostensibly fantastic story seems to draw inspiration from the spectacularly disastrous marriage of Crowley to Rose Edith Kelly who was later institutionalized for alcoholic dementia Crowley a suare and plump man slightly round in the face is caricatured into an man a with a vast bulk and a savage sensual face Crowley however would not let this pass What followed was a war of words Crowley wrote a critiue of the book under the pen name of Olive Haddo which was published in the Vanity Fair Magazine He would later summarize this review in his Confessions 1929 Maugham had taken some of the most private and personal incidents of my life my marriage my magical opinions ambitions and exploits and so on He had added a number of the many absurd legends of which I was the central figure He had patched all these together by innumerable strips of paper clipped from the books which I had told Gerald to buy I had never supposed that plagiarism could have been so varied extensive and shameless Maugham for his part denied having read the review adding his own bit of sizzling sarcasm saying I daresay it was a pretty piece of vituperation but probably like his poems intolerably verbose The characters seems schmaltzy and uni dimensional The heroine Margaret is effectively a child and Arthur and Susie supervise her existence the former paying her bills and the latter choosing her clothes Margaret s empty life and feeble character leave her hopelessly vulnerable to Haddo s attack upon her psyche Unable to concede the fact that someone like MargaretRose would accede to HaddoCrowley s proposal of marriage out of he own free will Maugham lavishes upon him magical powers which he ruthlessly uses to make her marry him The righteous surgeon Arthur Burdon is an ambassador from our purely rational world who finds himself trapped in a novel where the supernatural is possible His staid attempts at upholding sanity in a world which seems to be caught in a Gothic vortex are pitiable He is doomed to irrationally insist upon the rational in the face of all incoming evidence We may suspect that Haddo is suandering his infernal genius upon a man who is too daft to appreciate it Susie Boyd is evolved that the rest but Maugham diagnoses her as plain a condition as apparently debilitating as leprosy for her own stock of enthusiasms was run lowArthur is not handsome and he has a large nose but he can compensate for this plainness with his masculine character Maugham repeatedly dwells on Haddo s obesity with appalling vapidity and insolence she saw that in the last six months he was grown much balder and the shiny whiteness of his naked crown contrasted oddly with the redness of his face He was stouter too and the fat hung in heavy folds under his chin his paunch was preposterous The vivacity of his movements made his huge corpulence subtly alarming He was growing indeed strangely terrible in appearance His eyes had still that fixed parallel look but there was in them now at times a ferocious gleam He even makes a Yo Mama s so fat joke in his own inimitable style Margaret visits Haddo s mother in a lunatic asylum and finds a woman of revolting excessive corpulence weltering in brown flannel Crowley s own mother was a devout evangelist and he had fallen out with her fairly early in life Singling out Crowley s disaffection from his mother for mockery seems in some scintillantly malicious way to get to the bottom of his devilry In 1956 Maugham s publishers reissued the novel and Maugham added an explanatory Fragment of Autobiography What would be truly interesting would be to read Crowley s review alongside Maugham s Fragment to know the two different sides of the story But history is written by the victors and The Magician is today remembered as a roman clef about Crowley than as the starting point of a spectacularly juvenile altercation that threatened to drown Maugham s career in the infamy of plagiarism Crowley died in sualor in 1947 whilst Maugham lived on sunning himself in the south of FranceFor a book based on magic the writing is horribly lacking in any of Maugham s literary wizardry Disappointed


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  1. says: The Magician E–pub READ Free read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô W. Somerset Maugham

    The Magician E–pub READ Arthur Burdon is due to marry his fiance Margaret Dauncey The pair have the misfortune of meeting Oliver Haddo a self styled magician and pompous ass When Arthur assaults Haddo the Magician hatches a plan to ruin Arthur's life in t

  2. says: The Magician E–pub READ

    The Magician E–pub READ This reads as a Gothic horror story and it grabbed me which is totally amazing Books of this genre are not ones that normal

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    Free read The Magician W. Somerset Maugham ô 4 review Free read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô W. Somerset Maugham 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

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    Free read The Magician The Magician E–pub READ W. Somerset Maugham ô 4 review 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 char

  5. says: The Magician E–pub READ Free read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô W. Somerset Maugham

    W. Somerset Maugham ô 4 review Free read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô W. Somerset Maugham Free read The Magician This is a rather strange but fascinating little book Despite the short length 196 on my edition it feels almost like two separate books It starts off as something like a comedy of errors then slowly becomes sinister until it becomes a flat out

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    The Magician E–pub READ The Magician has so many of those elements that send my little dark fiction reader heart racing among them pulp

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    Free read The Magician Free read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô W. Somerset Maugham W. Somerset Maugham ô 4 review 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 preced

  8. says: The Magician E–pub READ W. Somerset Maugham ô 4 review Free read The Magician

    The Magician E–pub READ Maugham's novel The Magician is an aesthetic disaster From the fumbling realism at the beginning of the novel to the childishly Gothic fable that it turns into the book seems to lack structure design and well developed cha

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    The Magician E–pub READ Free read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô W. Somerset Maugham Free download available at Project GutenbergAn astonishing gothic story written by Somerset MaughamLocation 122Dr Porhöet knew that a diversi

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    The Magician E–pub READ Well this is a departure from the Somerset Maugham I’m familiar with – a Gothic fantasia set in Paris this falls neatly into two halves T

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