THE MAGICIAN (1908) by W. Somerset Maugham is an unusual work of early 20th century fantastic literature inspired by the real historical personage and occultist Aleister Crowley who was a contemporary and acquaintance of the author.
Reminiscent of FRANKENSTEIN, the magician, Oliver Haddo, is an imposing, terrifying and yet strangely compelling man of mystery who engages in dangerous clandestine experimentation and dark practices, embroiling the other characters in a wicked game of life and death.
Includes an introduction by the author titled "A Fragment of Autobiography."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - la2bkk - LibraryThing
I was a bit disappointed in this short work. Perhaps it was inevitable given my expectations after reading Of Human Bondage. In any case, while the story was interesting and read well (as do most of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CarltonC - LibraryThing
I enjoyed this rather melodramatic and contrived novel, written in 1908 about magic and the occult in Edwardian England/Paris. It does have some dated prose and it tends to heap on the detail in ... Read full review