CONJURING MAUD by PHILIP DANZE
An Exciting First Novel Transporting the Reader Into
Another Place and Time
In this deceptively simple tale, David Unger, an aging
circus magician, recounts his life that began in the late
1800's in Colonial West Africa. His father has abandoned
his medical career to mine for gold, along with many others
who have fallen under the lure of Africa's riches. David's
mother has since left the family and it comes as no
surprise when David, who has entered a naval academy,
becomes obsessed with Maud King, a British explorer who is
16 years David's senior.
David's life unfolds, spanning two continents, and giving
him such adventures as working with and befriending Ghandi,
taking part in the Zulu Rebellion, and training in both
medicine and magic. But, it is his total and complete
devotion to the elusive Maud that provides the principle
focus to this memorizing novel.
Told in a style that is understated and elegant, Conjuring
Maud has that ability to transport the reader to another
place and time in an imaginative portrayal of the longings
of the spirit and the triumphs of the heart.
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