I read Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, by Daniel Wallace, based on Eva’s review. I had a little bit of trouble getting in to it, but once I did I was pretty captivated. I feel as if it is a book that expanded my reading horizons, as it is quite different from most of the fiction I read.
The narrative is non-linear, jumping around in both time and narrator. When we meet Henry Walker at the beginning, he is working as a magician for Jeremiah Musgrove’s Chinese Circus, an obscure collection of human oddities that entertains small towns in the south in the mid-twentieth century. The initial third-person narrative is taken over by various individuals who were involved in Henry’s life. As they relate sometimes conflicting stories of Henry’s history, we learn that Henry’s life was an illusion in more ways than one.
Wallace is a masterful writer and in Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician he presents a well-constructed and evocative plot. It is a book that will make you think, about life, death, and everything in between. I highly recommend it.