The Magician's Assistant

by Ann Patchett | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0156006219 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 6/24/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 24, 2007
From the Publisher
A secretive magician''s death becomes the catalyst for his partner''s journey of self-discovery in this "enchanting" book (San Francisco Chronicle) "that is something of a magic trick in itself-a 1990s love story with the grace and charm of a nineteenth-century novel"

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, August 28, 2008
When Parsifal, a magician, dies his widow Sabine finds out that his family did not die in an accident but are very much alive in Nebraska. This book is like an onion that must be unpeeled layer by layer. Sabine sets out on a path to discover why Parsifal denied his family. With each turn she learns something new, along the way finding out about herself.

Patchett has written a compelling read. I loved how the two dead characters visited her in her dreams.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Monday, September 01, 2008
Reading now!

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sabine is lost when her husband, Parsifal, passes away. She knew he wouldn't have much longer but with a sudden aneurysm, she's left in shock. She remains in her husbands large house and ponders over their unusual relationship. Sabine met Parsifal as a waitress when he was performing as a magician and asked her up on stage to help out. She fell in love with him, even though he was gay, and became the magician's assistant. Parsifal fell in love with Phan however, a Vietnamese man who moved in. When Phan passed away, Parsifal agreed to marry Sabine.

After Parsifal's passing, Sabine gets a call from the estate lawyer telling her that Parsifal is leaving money to his family. Except, Parsifal told Sabine that his family was dead and she doesn't even know they exist. This book follows Sabine's journey as she learns who Parsifal's family is and why he told her they were all dead. Slowly she learns more and more about her lost family-in-law, and why they were suddenly abandoned.

This book is well written, but is way too slow. The pace was only JUST enough to keep me reading it. Each time you learn something new you think the pace might pick up a bit, but it doesn't. Then there's the ending. The ending was unexpected, shocking, and yet still disappointing. I almost felt like it was a cop out and that Sabine was just throwing away Parsifal's memory to find a replacement.

Journal Entry 5 by rem_BSM-942247 on Thursday, November 20, 2008
Woohoo...it arrived today!! Thanks birthday buddyxx

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