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In Fin de Siecle Paris, Arthur and Margaret are engaged to get married. Everyone approves, and everyone appears to be enjoying themselves—until the baleful and detestable Oliver Haddo comes along. Working through it is the topic of evil, dexterously interwoven into a tale as memorable for its action as for its surprisingly intense characters.
What makes this book stand out?
The Magician is one of Somerset Maugham’s most complex and perceptive novels, a bewitching tale of secrets and calamitous attraction.
Read it for
It's pretty much a horror novel. The Magician is a tale of retaliation, seduction, and things of that nature, written by Maugham after he met Aleister Crowley.
Don't read it for
The book seems to miss the structure, purpose and lacks the depth of characters.