World of Wonders

World of Wonders

Book - 2015
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"World of Wonders is the story of Magnus Eisengrim, master illusionist, the most famed magician of his age. As he recounts the story of his life, what emerges is a remarkable tale of adventure and courage that magnificently reveals how the consequences of one event can be felt throught a lifetime."--Back cover.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Penguin Group, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©1975
ISBN: 9780143194156
Branch Call Number: DAVIE
Characteristics: xiv, 310 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vassanji, M. G


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Feb 28, 2017

Felt ambivalent about this last in the trilogy, which purportedly hangs on the filming of a the life story of a 19th c. magician. Magus Eisengrim, who has had many other names, is the film's star. But the book is really the life story of Magus himself, with the "narrator" an elderly schoolteacher from "Magus's" small Canadian home town. Confused? Some of the book is fascinating, as Magus tells his story of how he was spirited away from that town and forced to spend years as part of a third rate traveling show. Brilliant but uneducated, he learns the ways of trickery and vaudeville, working his way up to new shows and new magic tricks. There's a great deal of dialog, not a lot of action. I stuck with it, in spite of some boring sections and characters who were hard to tell apart.

Oct 27, 2016

I thought I'd get some Canadiana and read the Deptford trilogy by Davies. Read, or suffer through. I got through all three books (painfully), but found the main characters to be too intellectual and preachy, with rather unbelievable and contrived dialogue. Should have stopped after the first book.

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