Lev Grossman – The Magicians Audiobook

Lev Grossman – The Magicians Audiobook

Lev Grossman - The Magicians Audiobook
Lev Grossman – The Magicians Audiobook

 

 

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Lev Grossman is undoubtedly not the first to venture into the satire of wonderful and fantastic genres, but it is the first that I read and so it marked me a lot.

We follow the daily life (the adventures?) Of Quentin Coldwater, a gifted who never dreamed of finding the door to a magical kingdom and being granted powers, as well as a quest to carry out. It is on his desire for adventure that the whole story is based, so I would say no more, except that he is without a doubt the most frustrating, funniest and most human character that I had the chance to find out.

I recommend, it’s a delight.
I particularly recommend to lovers of fantastic and wonderful literature, that they take advantage of this reading to take a little distance from their favorites, without taking any.

At the beginning of my reading, I wrote to my daughter that the story was interesting but seemed to me written voluntarily in a poor style, like by a teenager (sorry, I know that there are teenagers who write very well, but they are a minority!). Then I found myself unable to leave this universe and what is happening there, before having devoured the trilogy! To believe that the author has one of these bewitching abilities that his characters study and practice! But, even more intriguing: I was seduced by the style! Although American, the author uses many English terms, it has become a game! For those who like to navigate the world of fantasy, and who have “read the classics”, it can be very distracting to locate the multiple references. I liked the meaningful way with which Lev Grossman constructs his female characters, Lev Grossman – The Magicians Audiobook and their adventures, for one of them his odyssey. When I finished this trip in which I threw myself with a kind of frenzy, I regretted it … obviously! Being human is even stranger than being angel …
PS: I reread the very first pages to compare my first impression on the author’s style, and I invalidate it!

The detailed comments of other readers have given you an overview of the subject and its metaphorical side. So I will just say that this book is a success, not at all reserved for science fiction readers. Magic is approached in a new way and the reflection on its use and its usefulness is fascinating.

I was as lost as Quentin in the first half of the book: you have no idea what is going on, how history may evolve. And that holds interest. The story then becomes more classic (the drinking years) with the start of the last third in an unexpected direction.

I put 4 stars and not 5 for several reasons: the subjective one = the melancholy which emerges from this work is never counterbalanced by a note of humor or hope, others more objective: I had hard to believe that Quentin was 17 years old when he arrived at Brakebills because he still seemed very teenage to me and at no time did I get attached to the characters. Some had potential: Elliot and Alice in particular. The talent of the author is all the more obvious but it is true that it facilitates the reading when a character is sufficiently developed to make it attractive to us.

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