Paul Gallico Janet Grahame-Johnstone
- Title: The Man Who Was Magic
- Author: Paul Gallico Janet Grahame-Johnstone
- ISBN: 9780330021944
- Page: 284
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
A stranger comes to the city of Mageia and challenges its inhabitants with a new kind of magic a magic that restores innocence and faith.
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If I could, I would give this 6 stars, as it's been a favorite since I was about 12, and continues to be so today, through my changing tastes. The idea of a man who IS magic, rather than one who works with magic, or uses magic, is brilliant, and thought provoking. Paul Gallico writes cleanly, the plot is fun, the character development is great, and there are several surprises that make the story worth coming back to again and again.
What would happen if one day a genuine magician with real magic came to a city of illusionists who live entirely in a world of artifice and sleight of hand?This is one of the very few books that I have read more than once. It left a very deep impression on me the first time round, aged 13 or so, and not just because I got some sort of fictional-character-crush on the girl in the story. It was my first exposure to Paul Gallico's profound gift for the allegorical and, with hindsight, I have to ack [...]
It's out of print, but, this is truly, the most inspirational, most beautiful, most heart-wrenching book I ever read. I bought a copy for an amazingly high price from an out-of-print book seller, just because I couldn't live without it.Read it. I mean it.
I loved the suggestion in this book that nature is magic and there is magic all around us - very earthy and sweet. The main characters Adam and Jane have integrity and honesty in a world of deception and trickery and I love that in the long run they won out.This book is my all time favourite. It is very special and stands on its own. While written for kids I think it's a fairy tale for grown ups ie: good triumphs over evil - and the goodies live happily ever after. It doesn't always turn out lik [...]
First read this when I was 11 or 12 years old. It remains a close favourite - encapsulates so many of the themes and values that were and remain significant to me in my life. My original copy was given away when I was 17, but I found another in a used book store in Toronto some 20+ years later. I will keep this one close!
This is one of my all time favorite YA books! Magiea is a country of Magicians where the men are all magicians and the women, magician's assistants, (yes, this gets addressed). There is an annual show where each magician must prove himself or be kicked out. Along comes a strangely dressed young man whose magic is real. Thus begins the plot to get rid of him for making the others look bad. Along the way, Adam, helps others do magic, helps a frustrated girl who wants to be a magician, to feel bett [...]
I read this the September after I graduated HS. Even though it was an older book and not many people had checked it out of our town's library, I checked it out b/c of the title. It was such a good read; albeit odd. I read it in one day. (Our library eventually got rid of this book and I bought it in 2009!)I definitely recommend it if you're looking for something "out there".
Rather harsh and flat. It was difficult to get into a story where all the characters, except two, are portrayed as villains, and the remaining duo never really seem to get past victim stage. So many reader reviewers seemed to love this, and though there were a couple of life lessons that I did enjoy, the story just didn't do it for me.
When you pick up a Gallico book, you know what you're in for. He tends to be allegorical, and maybe a bit sentimental. But if you can overlook those aspects - embrace them, maybe, like you would in a children's book (Gallico is one of those writers that doesn't quite fit in either adult or children's fiction categories), then he is absolutely wonderful. His "The Love Of Seven Dolls" has the same qualities this book has. It's very hard to explain what I love about Paul Gallico's writing - it gets [...]
An absolutely exquisite story of magic and human nature. The writing is sublime, simple and joyous and perfect for reading aloud. As with many fairytale type stories, there is a good lesson buried in the plot, but it is gently told and wrapped around full of life characters with normal human emotions and experiences. I cannot wait until my child is old enough to read this to her.
This should be on my children's bookshelf, but I love it too much to let it go. Found this at a thrif store when I was 14; read and re-read and loved ever since. Classic, in ever sense.
A lucky find in the library's basement fiction collection, this is a charming tale about a mysterious but lovable stranger with magical powers, showing up in a town populated by stage magicians. The writing is vivid and the characters delightful! (I also think it's a book that would lend itself well to a faithful movie version.) Definitely worth a read.
This is one of my favorite 'curl up with' books. It's fun and rather gentle in tone as the main characters learn there are many ways to view the world. Adam, the main character, and his sidekick dog comes to the the city where stage magicians live to compete in the magician tryouts. He brings real (not stage) magic, and they're not quite sure how to handle that.
I read this book in elementary school back in the middle 60s, read it again in 1980, and read it to my children in the early 2000s. It has stuck in my mind since childhood and is just as magical each time I read it. I love the character of Adam for his unflagging belief in what is REAL and his refusal to yield to the false. I love his sense of humor--and his dog's even more. And with its emphasis on the magic of nature, the story strikes me as even more relevant today, when our young exist more [...]
As always, Gallico is imaginative and interesting. A man who *is* magic seeks to enter Mageia, a walled town of magicians, and join the magicians guild. The thing is, all the magicians there are the kind we knowonists, prestidigitators, shams. Someone doing real magic frightens them. In fact, real magic is illegal. Add a smart-mouthed dog, a little girl who desperately wants to be a magician although only men are allowed, a magician whose tricks always go wrong, and a host of evil magicians work [...]
This was recommended to me by my friend, Simon Lovell. I have since bought several copies and gifted them to friends who are interested in performance magic. It is a fascinating, heart-warming read about a man who travels to a city of stage magicians so he can become one. He performs his own type of magic and wishes to perform the amazing magic that the "professionals" perform. The twist? His magic is real, and theirs is fake. His belief in their capabilities and their fear and reaction to the p [...]
This is my number one book. It’s about a man who has really magic and how he must find that he is alone in this everyone else can only do stage magic. This book will warm your heart. You will find that there is nothing better than this book. It is a happy fun tale that will make you question what is right and what is real. Anyone who can read should have the opportunity to read this bookelostbookworm/2
This was one of my favourite childhood books and I learnt huge chunks of it by heart. Disappointingly, it didn't quite stand up to rereading as an adult -- I found the allegory slightly heavy handed in places. It still deserves 4/5. If only for the fond memories; the imagery it's left in my head for the last 20 years and the passage where Adam (a "real" magician in a city full of jaded stage conjurors) explains that the whole world is magic and why.
My mom read this to me and my sister several times growing up. I've read it to my husband and I will read it to my children. Another telling of Christianity for children, my favorite scene is probably the pic-nic when they're looking at the new foal that didn't used to be: real magic. I also love the egg scrambling scene. This story shows faith both challenged and affirmed, betrayal and redemption, coming of age, mob mentality, grace. It is a classic both for children and adults.
Subtitled "A Fable of Innocence", this is my favorite book. It is a very simple story of a man who isgic. It is set in a city of magicians; a stranger comes to town to seek entry into the guild. For the daughter of one of the magicians this is also a coming of age tale. Not an easy book to find--I have a copy I bought used years ago and I re-read it every few years.
i read this because it's one of M's favorite books from his childhood and he thought due to my love for harry potter i too would like it once getting past the out-dated slurs and things peppered throughout the book. it was a cute story and different than i expected. i suppose if i'd read this when i was a child i'd still love it now, but being an adult i give it 3 stars.
Writing my review about "Circus Mirandus" by Cassie Beasley, I compared it to The Man Who was Magic and realized I've never included it in . I read it very long ago. And I do re-read it from time to time.This is the story of real magic - not tricks. It's full of innocence which I love!
One of my favorite books of all time ever since I was a kid. I had very fond memories of this book, so I had hoped that, 45 years later, it would still hold up. I was not disappointed. It's just a terrific story.
I found this book at a yard sale (my grandma loved going to these and always drug me along) when I was about 12. I loved it then and love it today. I recently read it to my kids who also loved it. Mopsy steals the show!
My mother used to read this book to my sister and I before we went to sleep. This story is allegorical to the life & ministry of Christ. It is out of print now, but if you can get your hands on a copy I strongly suggest it.
In my all-time favorite books. Deep themes, vivid descriptions, lovable characters, and snarky humor. Would recommend to everyone.
This is one of my very favourite books. In the early 1970s U found a shop with a dozen of them on remainder and bought them all and gave them to my friends. I still have two copies which I treasure.
This is my all-time favorite book. It's a beautiful fable and it lifts my heart every single time I read it.
Another one of those stories that stay with you all your life. I read this when I was about 11 or 12 and still remember how it affected me. It is so sad and beautiful.
The very best book you probably have never heard of. A must-read!
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