Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician by Daniel Wallace audiobook

Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

By Daniel Wallace
Read by various narrators

Recorded Books Inc., Recorded Books, Inc.

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665016032

Runtime: 10.26 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Henry Walker was once a world-class magician, performing to sold-out shows in New York. But now he has been reduced to joining Musgrove's Chinese Circus (which at no point in its tour of the deep South has ever included a single Chinese person) as the shambling Negro Magician, whose dark black skin and electric green eyes bewitch most audiences. But one balmy Mississippi night in 1954, Henry disappears in the company of three rowdy white teens and is never seen again. Wallace pieces together Henry's incredible vagabond life - from a deal with a bone-white devil known only as Mr. Sebastian, to the heartrending loss of his sister Hannah - and creates an enchanting tale of love, loss, identity, and the limitation of magic.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A brilliantly constructed roller-coaster of a novel: there’s a surprise and a thrill around every corner.” Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants
“Daniel Wallace performs strange magic. Even when the trick is done and we have been invited onstage to inspect the apparatus, the story is still inexplicable, wondrous, beautiful.” Audrey Niffenegger, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife
“Daniel Wallace has given us a wholly realized novel—inventive, richly layered, witty, touching, dexterous, and engrossing from beginning to end. Here is a book that will leave its magical imprint on your heart.” Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried
“[A] grand illusion of a novel…Outlandish invention with a real-life core.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Wallace employs enough tricks to fill both sleeves, his pockets, and an old trunk that seems to be levitating backstage…A big-hearted book about loss and illusion…I admired Big Fish, but never imagined it as a movie until director Tim Burton got hold of it. I’d love to see what tricks he could play with Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician.” USA Today
“Poignant and provocative…Wallace’s lush verbal invention is his real genius.” Los Angeles Times
“Intriguing…A story within a story, when well told, can be very seductive. And when it is retold by different voices, with variations and twists and turns, the story can be mesmerizing.” Oregonian
“Mythmaker Daniel Wallace—of Big Fish notoriety—serves up his strangest brew yet…The unraveling of a man’s myth to illuminate the essence of his life is the charm of this accomplished and inventive novel.” Paste
“The truths of Henry’s and Mr. Sebastian’s identities and the fate of Hannah are gradually revealed, and what appears to be a Faustian tale of a pact with the devil turns out to be something more tragic. Wallace skillfully unravels the tale…The conclusion is both startling and inevitable, and Henry is as beguiling and enigmatic a character as Wallace has created.” Publishers Weekly
“Narrator Tom Stechschulte leads talented readers Alyssa Bresnahan, T. Rider Smith, and others through a fantastic world people with circus freaks and cruel crowds. This haunting, tender story transports listeners through time and space as it depicts a childhood fantasy with an emotional payoff that’s both heartwarming and tragic.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Daniel Wallace

Author Bio: Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace is the author of five novels. His first, Big Fish, was made into a motion picture of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003, and a musical version is coming to Broadway in 2013Wallace’s work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages and is studied in high schools and universities across the country. He is a contributing editor to Garden & Gun magazine and is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches and directs the Creative Writing Program. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Laura Kellison Wallace. Visit his website at DanielWallace.org.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.26
Audience: Adult
Language: English