Voltaire's Coffee: The Magicians by Lev Grossman. hosted by Dr. Wendy Domjan, professor of Psychology
Mon, September 10, 2012 • 7:00 PM • Joynes Reading Room (the Joynes Suite is accessed through the Honors Quad, the door is on the east side of Carothers)
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. hosted by Dr. Wendy Domjan, professor of Psychology
Monday, 10 September at 7pm, Joynes Reading Room
Harry Potter discovers Narnia is real in this derivative fantasy thriller from Time book critic Grossman (Codex). Quentin Coldwater, a Brooklyn high school student devoted to a children's series set in the Narnia-like world of Fillory, is leading an aimless existence until he's tapped to enter a mysterious portal that leads to Brakebills College, an exclusive academy where he's taught magic. Coldwater, whose special gifts enable him to skip grades, finds his family's world mundane and domestic when he returns home for vacation. He loses his innocence after a prank unintentionally allows a powerful evil force known only as the Beast to enter the college and wreak havoc. Eventually, Coldwater's powers are put to the test when he learns that Fillory is a real place and how he can journey there. Genre fans will easily pick up the many nods to J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis, not to mention J.R.R. Tolkien in the climactic battle between the bad guy and a magician.
Wendy Domjan got her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977. She has taught in the Psychology Department at UT since that time, with the exception of a five year period when she stayed at home raising her young children. She is now a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Psychology , and was formerly the Assistant Director of the Plan II Honors Program. She has won numerous teaching awards, including most recently the Regent’s Outstanding Teacher Award.