|Plot Summary of Magic|
Charles "Corky" Withers is on the verge of hitting the big time. His magic act includes the winning hook of a heckler/ventriloquist dummy named Fats. Unfortunately, Corky's acting a bit erratic, too -- sleeping with overnight pickups, refusing to sign the contracts his pushy agent Ben "The Postman" Greene has been getting him -- and he escapes to the upstate New York of his boyhood, there to encounter ex-cheerleader Peggy Ann Snow, the woman of his teenage year dreams, now the aging hotelier/wife of philandering ex-ballplayer Ronnie "Duke" Wayne. The idea of a dummy overpowering the psyche of his schizoid operator is not new (see the 1945 movie "Dead of Night"), this horror thriller is a step down from Goldman's best (Marathon Man, The Princess Bride), and lovely Anthony Hopkins was badly miscast in the lead role of the 1978 movie, yet there are some lovely connecting bits of reality that have the ring of truth: Corky's adolescent yearnings for Peggy and success with the Charles Atlas bodybuilding course, the enthusiastic apprentice attached to aging and alcoholic has-been magician "Mr. Merlin." Plenty of patented Goldman plot twists, too, although a few strain credulity. A good beach read.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of Magic|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- the inanimate object chased me!
- Mentally ill
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- touching of anatomy
Unusual forms of death
- blunt clubbing (like seals)
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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