The Last Magician

The Last Magician The Last Magician is about power and betrayal sexual obsession and social ostracism At its center is Lucy a good girl and a whore whose nights are spent in a kaleidoscope of identities as she dons

  • Title: The Last Magician
  • Author: Janette Turner Hospital
  • ISBN: 9780393325270
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Last Magician is about power and betrayal, sexual obsession and social ostracism At its center is Lucy, a good girl and a whore, whose nights are spent in a kaleidoscope of identities as she dons the masks her customers demand Charlie is a photographer, filmmaker, voyeur, and the last magician monitoring Lucy, piecing together the splinters of evidence surrounding thThe Last Magician is about power and betrayal, sexual obsession and social ostracism At its center is Lucy, a good girl and a whore, whose nights are spent in a kaleidoscope of identities as she dons the masks her customers demand Charlie is a photographer, filmmaker, voyeur, and the last magician monitoring Lucy, piecing together the splinters of evidence surrounding the death of a child and a murder that happened half a lifetime ago A New York Times Notable Book Reading group guide included.

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    1. As the title suggests, The Last Magician is a story thick with the fantasy and mystery threaded between a unique group of characters and their inner relationships that essentially end up shaping their entire world. There is a certain skill displayed when such a narrative has the ability to create magic from within the confines of very grounded subject matter.Personally, I adored reading this book as Janette Turner Hospital takes her time with revealing the actual point of the tale, and instead t [...]

    2. Abandoned 20% of the way in. The writing is excellent, but the story seems to be being told predominantly through extended descriptions of an artist's arthousey films and photographs, and the main character's reactions to them. I am not a particularly visual person, and so this mode of storytelling simply doesn't engage me.

    3. My interaction with The Last Magician was as uneven as the text felt to me. I picked it up, I grew bored. I picked it up again, and was confused. I picked it up and became intrigued, then amazed, then muddled. I picked it up, started reading again, and couldn't put it down, but only after I had read 150 pages. The characters will stay with me; I want to sit quietly and digest what I just read. Hospital's descriptions are similar to her Charlie's photographs: multi-layered, convoluted, picturesqu [...]

    4. As with her other excellent novels (see Oyster and Orpheus Lost), Turner-Hospital has again created a detailed nightmarish world, this time comparing an open-pit mine and its workers in Brazil with the underground dwellings and poverty-stricken inhabitants of Sydney's inner city. There's even a mystery to boot. But at present I'm not in the mood for such darkness. Maybe I'll pick it up again later. For now though I'm pushing back to the "To Read" category.

    5. The description doesn't do this novel justice. This is a novel about friendship among people who have not figured out how to live in the world. It is about the social cages that we do and do not accept and about our willingness or unwillingness to see honestly the world around us. This is one of the few novels I have read twice. It is allegorical and complex and well written.

    6. It was a little too gothic maybe? It was just so dark and swirling and very, very written. I was too distracted by the deliberate symbolism, word choice, structure etc to become absorbed in the story, which somehow manages to be both convoluted and predictable.

    7. Set in Brisbane & Sydney, about a group of adults who shared a calamitous and life-changing event as children. I found the beginning section of the book difficult but enjoyed the book more and more as it progressed.

    8. It took me a little while to get into the groove of this book. Lots of random puzzle pieces being thrown around led to confusion but persistence was rewarded in the end. Loved it.

    9. With the exception of another book by Turner Hospital, rarely if ever have I been in so much pain as I struggled to finish a book I was obligated to read. I loathed it.

    10. A stunning novel! The prose is immaculate, the story is gripping. And the lesson one can learn from it is wonderful. I was hooked at the first paragraph.

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