Conjure Wife [Fritz Leiber] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Professor Norman Saylor considered magic nothing more than superstition. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Fritz Leiber is considered one of science fiction’s legends. Author of a prodigious number of stories and novels, many of. Conjure Wife [Fritz Leiber, Victor Bevine] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Professor Norman Saylor considered magic nothing more than.

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Outside the walls of the room, outside the walls of his skull, outside the impalpable energy-walls of his mind, he felt those forces gathering, swelling up, dreadfully expectant, waiting for him to make a false move so that they could crush him. Wondered about her intuition.

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Newer Post Older Post Home. As such, revisiting this stream of fiction from a mature, literate perspective both broadens our horizons and allows us to recapture some of that magic in our imaginative lives. One of the characteristics of the occult in the vision of Leiber is that witchcraft is the preserve of the womanfolk, as in every woman is not only capable but actively engaged in the conjuree, handed down from mother to daughter in secrecy or discovered on its own through books and practical experimentation.


This was a quick light read. In the end, Conjure Wife is an exquisitely crafted novel of suspense and dark fantasy. Refresh and try again.

I rea Norman is married to Tansy. Still, it’s clear what a major influence Conjure Wife has had within the genre; one could probably have fun lebier the trail from “Bewitched” connure The Croning.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Carr were practicing magic too, of the venomous black variety. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The paragraph above offers proof that Leiber was both a fan and a correspondent of H.

This review is also published at www. The “coincidences” culminate with the disappearance of his wife. Imaginative and an original idea.

The hatred that the liberals Tansy and Norman engender in the straitlaced academic society is very real even now ; if the conservatives had access to black magic, no doubt they would use it conjue time! Fritz Leiber is an absolute pleasure to read.

Even while he tells you about his application of scientific principles and logical solutions to the horror confronting them, you can see the terrified Norman cowering behind it all.

The reason I gave only four stars is me being contrarian about the sophistic arguments Norman uses to demonstrate that science and magic are basically the same thing, but in the context of the book these debates illustrate in a very appropriate way how a logical man tries to come to terms with friz unexplained without ffitz his sanity. And what should he discover?


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He retreats into depression and alcohol and lashes out in frustration at those around him. Leiber’s plots are always unique and this short novel is no exception. Then strange things start happening around Norman. To ask other readers questions about Conjure Wifeplease sign up. I read this book initially as a young child, and was terribly impressed.

Conniving, pernicious, and homebound, it is not a flattering portrayal, to say the least.

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F ifth Business by R obertson Davies Week You are commenting using your WordPress. Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber. Retrieved from ” https: When I say “mystery”, I don’t mean that they’re something completely unfathomable and unreachable It is then that the book becomes even more cnojure. Almost immediately, terrible things start happening to Professor Saylor.

Norman, despite his seeming contempt for traditionalism, hides behind leibre rationality–to his peril. Feb 05, Eleven rated it really liked it. It doesn’t seem to be magic. Nevertheless, you can’t discuss this book without addressing the role of gender in the central conflict of the novel.