In the mid-19th century, the wife of a great French magician becomes involved with an army officer when her husband is asked to perform his magic tricks for Arab sheikhs in the rebellious province of Algeria.
Length: 229 pages
Height: 9.3 x 6.0 x 1.2
Format: HC/DJ-1998-1s Ed.
Shipment Weight: 1 lb.
SOG: Nearly New
"It is part exotic travel yarn, part thriller, part anticolonial tract, and part reflection on religious belief....The principals have just enough characteristics each to make the plot work, which it does extremely well."
New York Review of Books - Gabriele Annan (01/15/1998)
"While Napoleon's courtiers...live absolutely, and while Lambert's tricks...delight and satisfy, the heart of Emmeline remains elusive....Characters, in speaking to each other, reveal information; but they do not reveal themselves."
Washington Post Book World - Claire Messud (01/11/1998)
"The secret of the book's success...lies in Moore's own unobtrusive technical skills....[His] books...are marvels of continuity, distinguished by a subtle sense of inevitability....'The Magician's Wife,' combining so many of Moore's longtime preoccupations and themes, proves to be one of his neatest tricks yet."
New York Times Book Review - Thomas Mallon (02/01/1998)
"Surrendering to the spell of Moore at the top of his game is like watching a master illusionist at work. Few of his more celebrated contemporaries come even near him as a pure storyteller. 'The Magician's Wife' is another triumph."