- By Sol Stein

The Magician

  • Title: The Magician
  • Author: Sol Stein
  • ISBN: 9780595093168
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Magician The Magician is a tale of two magicians of high school extortion and violence and of a criminal trial in which the guilty go free Selected by the Book of the Month Club The Magician has sold over o

    The Magician is a tale of two magicians, of high school extortion and violence, and of a criminal trial in which the guilty go free Selected by the Book of the Month Club, The Magician has sold over one million copies A shark like bite that won t be easily forgotten Fast moving, incisive, angry, fine, and dramatic Library Journal I cannot recall a novel of this tyThe Magician is a tale of two magicians, of high school extortion and violence, and of a criminal trial in which the guilty go free Selected by the Book of the Month Club, The Magician has sold over one million copies A shark like bite that won t be easily forgotten Fast moving, incisive, angry, fine, and dramatic Library Journal I cannot recall a novel of this type with greater pleasure Beautiful and gripping The New York Times Book Review Author Bio Sol Stein is a prize winning playwright produced on Broadway, an anthologized poet, the author of nine novels, and an award winning teacher of writers Stein has edited some of the most successful writers of the century, and is the author of Stein on Writing and the creator of the computer programs WritePro, FictionMaster, and FirstAid for Writers.

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    1. Meant to read something for banned books week or month and here it is some time later. This was according to the extensive (and somewhat pompous though fortunately that tone in no way transported to the book itself) briefly banned in one of those small minded small towns that also banned The Great Gatsby. Anyway, this was actually a pleasant surprise. Billed as a YA book, it doesn't come across as one, because at the heart of it isn't so much the confrontation between two sixteen year olds as it [...]

    2. This effectively plotted novel dramatizes the question: Does the adversarial system for trying serious crimes promote justice? The magician of the title at first refers to the victim of a felonious assault, a high school student who performs magic tricks. By the end of the novel, however, it refers to a skillful lawyer who can so skew the facts of a case as to suggest a conclusion opposite to the their obvious import. And of course the obvious import of a series of facts can be false as well as [...]

    3. The Magician Sol SteinI give up. I don’t often fail to finish a book but more than half way through I have decided that this is not worth another three hours when there are so many books yet to read. It’s not all Sol’s fault either. I decided to read The Magician after getting so much out of reading Stein on Writing, in which he talks about the process of writing and editing this book, with plenty of quotes. I checked the reviews and found them mixed, some of them mentioning that some boo [...]

    4. I decided to read this novel because I have found Stein's books on writing so useful. I really enjoyed this book. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the ending which was disappointing and a bit trite. Stein knows how to follow his own advice. It is so well written! The story is intriguing and moves along at a great pace. Considering that it was published in 1971, the characters and their actions are dated but certainly appropriate to the day.

    5. I hated this book. It made me angry, and that's reasonably difficult. However, it made me angry through truths, and while that's even more difficult, it's valuable.

    6. this book was basically a giant wtf, but in a fascinating, time-capsuley way? the 1970s don't hold back The Weird.

    7. 4.5*Book source ~ Many thanks to Untreed Reads for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.Sixteen-year-old Ed Japhet performs a magic show at his Prom and that’s what brings things to a head between him and the local gang leader, Urek. After Prom Urek and three of his stooges attack Ed, Ed’s girlfriend Lila and Ed’s dad, causing grievous harm to Ed and smashing up Mr. Japhet’s car. Urek is arrested and brought to trial. But will he be deemed guilty or not?While this boo [...]

    8. Wow! This book is fabulous. Ed, a teenage magician, performs at his high school prom. After the prom, as Ed, his girlfriend and his father are taking his equipment to the car, Ed is attacked by the school bully. The police are called and the bully is arrested. Ed discovers in the first court hearing that the defense attorney makes a mockery of the law. He declines to testify at the final hearing so the bully goes free. The ending surprised the heck out of me.

    9. This is classified as a "young adult" novel, and I think I first read it in my teens. I returned to it recently and it still has resonance, even today.Set in 1960/1970's America, it is the story of Ed Japhet, a young high school pupil who has a nice life. His dad teaches at his high school, he has a nice girlfriend, and he is rather good at magic tricks. He lives in comfortable middle class white America, but he goes to school with Urek. Urek is a thug, and is jealous of Ed. One fateful evening, [...]

    10. It was a good book. Literate. Well written. I enjoyed it, sorta. The main issue was plausibility. SPOILER ALERT!We have a gang of high school thugs able to extort protection money with impunity from all but one student even though that one is not particularly strong nor athletic. We have a clear case of assault which results in hospitalization of the victim, but incompetent prosecutors are unable to obtain a conviction even though one and all agree on who the guilty party is.END OF SPOILERS!We h [...]

    11. This is my favorite courtroom drama novel. It is an honest, revealing classic that is shockingly well-written. The character depth is excellent, the twists and turns are unforseen, and the picture it paints of humanity is all-too real. Every 8th grade student should be required to read this book.

    12. Awesome book. It is about a sxteen year old boy named Edward Japhet (Ed) He is a magician.There is this school gang-Urek's gang-terrorizing everyone.d what Ed does about it leads to a criminal trial,an attempted murder and a death. I recommendit to everyone!

    13. When I finished this book it kind of seemed like the whole thing was a long set-up to a clever ending. I liked the writing and the atypical storyline keeps you guessing as it evolves in an enjoyably frustrating way.

    14. Engaging story, over the top and disappointing ending. The story deals with class, cultural and ethnic tensions, bullying and cliques in high school and legal machinations. Up to the last few pages I'd have rated the book 4 or 4.5 stars, but the ending felt like a contrivance to me.

    15. DecepcionanteJuicios aburridos, personajes con potencial desaprovechado, demasiado texto y poco mostrar Por lo menos era corto.

    16. Wow, this has not aged well. Archaic & indigestible racial politics, a key plot point involving a karate chop & deadly dull towards the finish. Stay away.

    17. I think every Law student or those interested in the art of persuasion should read it. It works just like the film 12 Angry Men. What an ending!

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