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.
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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