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The Magician

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"The Magician" by W. Somerset Maugham is a captivating novel that delves into the world of magic, mysticism, and manipulation. The story follows the character Oliver Haddo, a mysterious and enigmatic magician who becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life and achieving immortality.

Maugham's writing is rich and evocative, drawing the reader into a world where reality and illusion blur together. The characters are complex and intriguing, each grappling with their own desires and fears. As the plot unfolds, the reader is taken on a journey through dark and twisted paths, where nothing is as it seems.

One of the most compelling aspects of the novel is its exploration of power and the lengths to which individuals will go to obtain it. Haddo's relentless pursuit of his goals has devastating consequences for those around him, leading to a gripping and suspenseful climax.

Overall, "The Magician" is a thought-provoking and immersive read that will leave readers questioning the nature of reality and the price of ultimate power. Maugham's skillful storytelling and vivid imagery make this novel a must-read for fans of the occult and psychological thrillers alike.

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The Magician is a novel by British author W. Somerset Maugham, originally published in 1908. In this tale, the magician Oliver Haddo, a caricature of Aleister Crowley, attempts to create life. Crowley wrote a critique of this book under the pen name Oliver Haddo, where he accused Maugham of plagiarism. Maugham wrote The Magician in London, after he had spent some time living in Paris, where he met Aleister Crowley. The novel was later republished with a foreword by Maugham entitled A Fragment of Autobiography. (Wikipedia)

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