Pure magic

21 03 2015

The Magician by Somerset Maugham

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Set in the bohemian café society of Paris at the turn of the nineteenth century, Maugham’s exploration of hypnotism and the occult was inspired by the sinister black magician Aleister Crowley. At the start of this compulsive gothic horror story, Arthur and his beautiful, innocent fiancée Margaret look forward to an idyllic life together, until they encounter the mesmerising and repulsive Oliver Haddo…

It’s a really good yarn and something of a horror story based around the black arts. Needless to say therefore that the idyllic life anticipated by Arthur doesn’t quite come to pass and the Crowley-esque Haddo has a dramatic and disturbing impact on him. But even more so on Margaret….

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