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ISBN#9780670020553
BIB ID#1355414
Call# FIC Grossman

The magicians

1.5
Author
Publisher
New York : Viking, 2009.
Description
p. ; cm.
Summary
Haboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.

Reviews and Notes

Summary/Annotation ->  Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn't bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin's fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart. At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren't black and white, love and sex aren't simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.

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On the recommendation of a friend, I’ve just read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. The book borrows familiar fantasy tropes, but the author applied his skill to create a work of ugliness. The characters are venal and unsympathetic. Unheroic characters might be a clever deconstruction of the genre, but the main character has no virtues at all: he is neither brave, nor loyal, nor generous, nor faithful, nor anything which would make me like him in the least.

The overall effect is as if the author has taken my mental picture of Narnia and drawn over it an obscene graffito. Bleah.

The sequels somewhat undo this and are quite enjoyable, but only enough to partially wash away the vile taste this book left behind, not enough for me to recommend actually reading the series.