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The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein

The Red Magician (1982)

by Lisa Goldstein

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I really did not know how I was going to like this book. However Lisa Goldstein worked her storytelling magic. It was very good. ( )
  marysneedle | Mar 28, 2013 |
What an amazing story. Magic galore, suspense from the start 'till the end. A story of compassion, strenght, determination that the red magician brought to a young girl who almost died in the holocaust.

Beautifully written throughout. ( )
  bcBulan-Purnama | Jul 21, 2010 |
The Red Magician is a young adult fantasy/magical realism novel by Lisa Goldstein, which won the National/American Book Award in 1983.

Kicsi grows up in a primarily Jewish village in Hungary in the 40s. One day, a stranger comes along with bright red hair and immediately becomes a rival of the local rabbi because both are magicians. The stranger – Vörös – warns of danger coming to the village but the rabbi refuses to listen to him. Kicsi falls in love with Vörös and is caught between the lines.

The book spans Kicsi’s entire adolescence and shows the grim reality of World War II and the concentration camps, by casting a bit of magic around it. It’s an interesting, quick read and one which can be very engaging, especially for younger kids (10-12).

Read more about it at my blog: http://kalafudra.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/the-red-magician-lisa-goldstein/ ( )
1 vote kalafudra | May 3, 2010 |
An interesting piece of historical fantasy that showcases Jewish culture in a fantasy setting. But the pacing isn't there. Goldstein is not a quality writer, and while she has good ideas it just doesn't come together. ( )
  Radaghast | Nov 10, 2009 |
A book with a weird tone -- at times seeming an adult fable, at times a children's book, at times something else. Started promisingly, and then petered out. I ended up skimming, and as a result it's entirely possible I am judging too harshly. As a general rule, however, books that deal moral/emotional high explosive need to take exquisite care. More care than was taken here.

Some vivid moments -- the dream of the man with no teeth, for example...

4.12.07 ( )
1 vote ben_a | May 13, 2007 |
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Winner of the 1983 American Book Award, The Red Magician was an immediate classic.

On the eve of World War II, a wandering magician comes to a small Hungarian village prophesying death and destruction. Eleven-year-old Kicsi believes Vörös, and attempts to aid him in protecting the village.

But the local rabbi, who possesses magical powers, insists that the village is safe, and frustrates Vörös's attempts to transport them all to safety. Then the Nazis come and the world changes.

Miraculously, Kicsi survives the horrors of the concentration camp and returns to her village to witness the final climactic battle between the rabbi and the Red Magician, the Old World and the New.

The Red Magician is a notable work of Holocaust literature and a distinguished work of fiction, as well as a marvelously entertaining fantasy that is, in the end, wise and transcendent.

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