Books John Fowles Books by John Fowles Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about John Fowles My Guilty Pleasure 'The Magus': A Thrilling, Chilling Guilty Pleasure April 30, 2012 The Magus is the story of a man who wished for adventure — only to be disappointed when that wish comes true. Author Nick Dybek says he identified with the book when he read it at age 20. Was there ever a time you longed for a more interesting life? Tell us about it in the comments. 'The Magus': A Thrilling, Chilling Guilty Pleasure Listen · 1:41 1:41 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/150727161/160135005" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Making a List Yellowing, Dog-Eared, and Perfect December 2, 2005 Commentator Jake Halpern plans on giving Herman Wouk's 1971 classic The Winds of War this holiday season. Written before he was born, the book strengthened his connections to his stepfather and late grandfather.