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

Review:

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.


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