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Really enjoyed this. It's what I wanted and didn't get from Lev Grossman's magicians: gifted kids who embrace empathy instead of nihilism, who are articulate and acknowledge their flaws and apologize when they screw up. I fell in love with all of the characters - yes, even Theodolphus - and wish I knew what happened to all of them after the story ended.

Update 10/25: What happened to Berkley.

The Magicians

Date: 2016-07-14 02:01 am (UTC)
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Not sure if "nihilism" is how I would describe the operating philosophy of Lev Grossman's magicians. Yes, the main characters are all outsiders in a way, but they're not out to tear everything down. They want somewhere to belong to.

Creation versus destruction, embracing the new while learning to give up the past... I think the books ultimately come down on the side of new beginnings and creation. Even Janet, who may be the most psychologically crippled character, needs other people to be friends with and the alt-Narnia to live in.

I will muse upon this more.

P.S. Quentin eventually apologized for being an ass, and he did grow up. Just takes a while.

P.P.S. Still haven't made time to watch the tv series. You?

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