January 12, 2019

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However, this just felt contrived in places. Just accept that that’s the way the biological cards have fallen.

There he conversed, warred and made love with his fictional female character in ping pong fashion. The summary here on Goodreads is sadly short and not at all indicative of the true content of the novel, otherwise I I haven’t read anything by Fowles yet, and judging by some of the reviews here this was a very bad one to start with. I think both descriptions were very honest mantisza extremely funny fowlrs their accuracy.

Just as happily, the hilarious and pointed asides about deconstructionists, postmodernists and other weirdos of 80s academia who “proved” that authors don’t write their own books are barbs now missing their target, since I can see no evidence that readers bother to even buy postmodernist books.

Dec 09, Riff rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can understand how some hate it but I adored Fowles’ masterful writing, his wit and the incredible twists and turns in the narrative. Serious modern fiction has only one subject: Green suffers from amnesia and does not know his name or his family. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nov 14, Amanda Ure rated it liked it. It quickly becomes apparent that the entire scenario is a metaphor for Fowles’ mind, the writing of his novels, and his response to literary criticism.


It’s one of the best ways manitssa can tell the true novelist nowadays. To which I say, Enough already, I get it! There was a problem adding your email address. The opening chapter is really brilliant.

Published August 4th by Back Bay Books first published But that self is also its own bickering spouse, mutually disdainful of the predicament taking place i. I don’t have that kind of brain or interest. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Return to Book Page. Part one was slightly bonkers and engaged jhon.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Go live your lives. After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years. Mantissa is a novel where a writer ostensibly meets his muse — and this is quite symptomatic because Mantissa is a book in which his muse had left John Fowles.

Mantissa also reveals much about Fowles’ writing process and literary outlook.

It reads like philosophical debate mixed with soft porn mixed with an author trying too hard to make mwntissa comment about a society he isn’t pleased with. Manhissa self-parody; his most comic novel although there aren’t many belly-laughs. One of the most turgid pieces of shit I’ve ever read. I love John Fowles, but this is ridiculous. Of his childhood, Fowles said “I have tried to escape ever since.

Fowles had unaccountably been in England too long, after several early years believing he was nantissa Greek. So confused by this book. This is like a meta-novel, reflecting on the muses and post-modernism, and I think probably only interesting to John in the moment he mused on muses, and not for long after. Sorry everyone, but Mantissa is a collection of meaningless ramblings, sometimes meandering through the author’s immoral sexual fantasies.


Dec 24, Jenny Reading Envy rated it it was ok Shelves: Please don’t waste your precious time on this.

MANTISSA by John Fowles | Kirkus Reviews

Daniel Martina long and somewhat autobiographical novel spanning over 40 years in the life of a screenwriter, appeared inalong with a revised version of The Magus. I read the first section, which is 45 pages, and 8 pages of the second section, then literally said to myself, What am I doing? Then part two happened. In some parts Jobn enjoyed his verbal jousting and sparring with his two characters, but eventually I tired of being yanked back into reality and the theory of the modern novel.

I don’t think it’d change anyone’s life.


As always, Fowles is a brilliant writer, but the project is an exercise in literary argument and mostly of interest to the fosles rather than the general reading public. It seems Brits of a certain age can write these jonh, non-explicit stage plays, one after another, if they’re less honest than Fowles. A most sublime read for those interested in such topics; and perhaps a gruelling bore to those who aren’t.

Naturally, I didn’t understand most of it. I’ll still read his other book since they seem a lot more In the s Fowles worked on a variety of literary projects–including a series fowwles essays on nature–and in he published a collection of poetry, Poems.

Thus, I may have missed many of the points he was trying to put across.