The Magicians : A Novel (Hardcover)

Author: Grossman, Lev

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Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. After he graduates from college, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory--the land of the fantasy novels they read as children--is real and much darker and more dangerous than they could have imagined.

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Publisher Turtleback Books
Mfg Part# 9780606147842
SKU 216796823
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0606147845
Release Date 10/10/2011
Author Info
Lev Grossman
A Harvard graduate, Lev Grossman is not only a fiction writer but a journalist, writing for Time, Salon, the Village Voice, and the New York Times.
Praise
"Very dark and very scary, with no simple answers provided--fantasy for grown-ups, in other words, and very satisfying indeed."
"If it weren't so sly and lyrical, the brazen evocation of HARRY POTTER would seem suicidal....But THE MAGICIANS is an homage to both J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis, as well as an exploration of what might happen if troubled kids were let loose in the supernatural realms they grew up reading about. Grossman captures the magic of childhood and the sobering years beyond."
"[This] is a grown-up's book, one that reflects on the sort of questions you never think to ask about fantasy narratives as a kid....There are some ravishing episodes..., and above all an irresistible storytelling momentum that makes THE MAGICIANS a great summer book, both thoughtful and enchanting."
"THE MAGICIANS is an uneasy but rewarding marriage between popcorn fantasy and psychological realism. More than anything, it's about the sorrow that results from the revelation that even a world containing magic is a cold, harsh place, where true love doesn't always conquer all, and ennui chokes out ambition like so many weeds in a garden. Plenty of fantasies have traded on the ground broken by J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien, but The Magicians is one of the few to really ponder the psychology of a talking bear."
"This gripping novel draws on the conventions of contemporary and classic fantasy novels (most obviously, those of J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis) in order to upend them, and tell a darkly cunning story about the power of imagination itself."
From the Publisher
Annotation Quentin Coldwater slogs through his life as a bored teenager in Brooklyn, burying himself in books like the fantasy series set in a magical land called Fillory that he's been enamored with for years. But when he gains entrance to the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a whole new exciting world opens. He meets people who've also always felt like outsiders (including the lovely Alice) and learns the arts of magic. He also learns that Fillory is a real place--but that knowledge comes with a steep price. Soon his new relationships are crumbling around him, the school is in danger, and he's forced into a life-or-death battle with some very evil beings.
Editors Note 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.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0402
Publisher Turtleback Books

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