Books The Magus by John Fowles Paperback, 668 pages, Random House, List Price: $6.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe MagusAuthorJohn Fowles Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Conchis, a mystical, powerful recluse, draws Nicholas Urfe, a young English teacher, and a beautiful girl into a deadly web of violence, sensuality, and eroticism as they become pawns in The Godgame, a labyrinth of illusion controlled by The Magus Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Magus 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.