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The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)

  • Au­thor: Lev Gross­man
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    So, I fin­ished this tril­o­­gy, "The Ma­gi­­cian­s", by Lev Gross­­man.

    This is an ac­­tu­al tril­o­­gy. Three sto­ries that fol­low each oth­­er, but each one could be a stan­­dalone, al­though the whole is rich­er than the part­s. It fol­lows our "hero" Quentin Cold­wa­ter in and out of school, out and in of one world or an­oth­er, through the sec­ond fif­­teen years of his life.

    One in­­ter­est­ing thing (for me) is that the char­ac­ter starts ful­­ly ado­les­­cent (e­­mo Har­ry Pot­ter!) and ends up, I feel, ful­­ly grownup, ac­t­ing like a re­spon­si­ble, if un­usu­al, adult.

    The books are criss­crossed by Fil­lo­ry, a bare­­ly con­cealed Nar­ni­a, as Nar­­nia should have been, ac­­tu­al­­ly deep and in­­ter­est­ing books about mag­ic and chil­­dren in­­stead of fake and shal­low chris­­tian tracts fea­­tur­ing card­board cutouts of chil­­dren. Mind you, the ac­­tu­al Fil­lo­ry books de­scribed with­­in sound like an even dopi­er Nar­ni­a, but the mag­ic in these books (the re­al ones, The Ma­gi­­cian­s, The Ma­gi­­cian King, and The Ma­gi­­cian's Land) is to cre­ate a "re­al" Fil­lo­ry that's oh, so much bet­ter.

    If copy­­right did­n't ex­ist, I can imag­ine Peven­sies in­­stead of Chatwin­s, and a deep­­er, in­­ter­est­ing recre­a­tion of Nar­­nia in­­­side these book­s, but maybe it's bet­ter to have a re­write of books that are not writ­ten in­­stead, sort of like Borges writ­ing about un­ex­ist­ing book­s, movies, en­­cy­­clo­pe­­dias and au­thors, and we just saved time, by avoid­ing even the ex­is­­tence of "re­al" Fil­lo­ry book­s, and hav­ing the fic­­tion of a "re­al" Fil­lo­ry in­­stead, as a short­­­cut.

    In short, I re­al­­ly liked it, and am game for any­thing the au­thor pub­­lish­es (s­­tart­ed now on Codex, an ear­li­er work), just like I was for any­thing his iden­ti­­cal twin broth­­er Austin writes.