The Magician's Girl

The Magician's Girl By Doris Grumbach, The Magician s Girl tells a story of three New York women who meet at Barnard in the late 1930s and fulfill their separate destinies from the 1940s to 1978 Minna Grant, a fanatical swimmer in her youth, becomes a professor of history Liz Becker, child of Greenich Village boheimian parents, achieves fame as a renowned photographer Maud Noon, who as a girl suffered the loThe Magician s Girl tells a story of three New York women who meet at Barnard in the late 1930s and fulfill their separate destinies from the 1940s to 1978 Minna Grant, a fanatical swimmer in her youth, becomes a professor of history Liz Becker, child of Greenich Village boheimian parents, achieves fame as a renowned photographer Maud Noon, who as a girl suffered the loss of a beloved brother, becomes a respected poet The Magician s Girl is an immensely involving story about the varieties of love and passion Lyrical, dramatic, and wise, Grumbach s novel is rich with evocations of America s past, from the flavors of New York City to academic life in the 1970s.. The Magician s Girl The Magician s Girl tells a story of three New York women who meet at Barnard in the late s and fulfill their separate destinies from the s to Minna Grant a fanatical swimmer in her yout

  • Title: The Magician's Girl
  • Author: Doris Grumbach
  • ISBN: 9780393310917
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Magician's Girl”

    1. Second time reading Grumbach and once again I m ever so impressed Normally I d just be lured in by the title, but there really isn t magic here and magician s girl is but a simile used once to describe the chimerical state of life Instead of the pizazz of a magic show, the spellbinding attraction here is the Grumbach s narrative as she follows the lives of three women from childhood to old age, paths once crossed at Barnard college, but ultimately so very different To encompass so much with such [...]

    2. I am grateful to Kindle to remind me how much I enjoy Grumbach, although I was disappointed in this novel I loved the start, felt that wonderful feeling of putting my mind in the hands of a beautiful writer However, as the novel developed it lost power for me, mostly because of all the historical figures thinly disguised, like Ezra Pound, Diane Arbus, Sylvia Plath, that create a small intellectual frisson when recognized, but break the suspension of disbelief big time I would have so much enjoye [...]

    3. People are careless and selfish They make thoughtless choices that yield unhappy and unfortunate consequences not only for themselves but for the lives they intersect Not sure why this book was written.

    4. wonderful and horrible all in one Loved the author s encapsulations of character so glad the woman historian has an affair at 60 But it was bumpy.did the poet have to kill herself, a la Plath Shades of Pound as well And the photographer, the most elusive and unlikeable is too drawn on Arbus though she lives Even the giant Freaks.But it s NYC, which is fine, women s lives, which are interesting if their relationship seems utterly unestablishedd a bit clunky, jumpy as a result Love that the author [...]

    5. Wonderful writing and storytelling about the lives of three college roommates We follow each woman starting in the 1920 s While I enjoyed reading this book I was not satisfied with the ending for each character A mixed bag for me yet I loved the language and the characters Strong visuals.

    6. This book was only 200 pages in length, the writing beautiful I read slowly, savoring every word, never wanting it to end Definitely one to keep and re read again in a few years.

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