A Brief Guide to the Hidden Allusions in The Magicians

By author Lev Grossman. Spoilers, obviously. Just finished the book and liked it quite a bit, though it takes its time getting started and really feels like two books smashed together.

A few other things I noticed that aren’t in Grossman’s annotations:

  • The Beast is clearly meant to resemble Rene Maugritte’s painting “The Son of Man”, the title of which is significant.
  • A character gets “the howling fantods”, an Infinite Jest reference.
  • The battle near the end reminded me a lot of Miracleman.


A Brief Guide to the Hidden Allusions in The Magicians