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Mantissa (Back Bay Books) [John Fowles] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In Mantissa (), a novelist awakes in the hospital with. Serious modern fiction has only one subject: the difficulty of writing serious modern fiction.” So says Fowles’ alter-ego here. And, if that idea was. In Fowles’s latest novel, however, the heroine’s part in this catalytic process is less easy to determine. For in Mantissa Fowles was not content merely.

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It is a side skirmish on the battle of the sexes. Took me longer than I anticipated but I managed to trudge it through. 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 don’t think it’d change anyone’s life. Because the doctor is suddenly transformed into Erato, Muse of love-poetry and fiction: Between and he wrote several novels but offered none to a publisher, considering them all incomplete in some way and too lengthy. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His expression of being a man of his era as well as a feminist, a man both so finely tuned to the feminine mind, as well as one ready to admit it could still baffle a part of him, set as it is in direct parallel to artistic endeavour, was particularly courageous.

Wormholesa book of essays, was published in May One of the most surprising, unexpected, inventive and -yes – funny books I have read in a while. Probably the kind of book only an established author would be able to get into print.


But this, this was a slog.

For the most part it was a fun, if not neurotic read. Then part two happened. Fowles wonderfully self-critiques his own insecurities and shortcomings both subtly and boldly as a novelist, a “surrealistic preamble” as his muse calls it.

May 22, Surreysmum rated it it was ok Shelves: It is critical, unflattering, amusing, fascinating and demanding. But the less characteristic comedy is uneven–from sublime to sophomoric. Refresh and try again. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. And, however richly executed, this fowlles an overextended intellectual vaudeville-sketch–alternately fascinating and tedious, with distinctly special, limited appeal. Feb 23, Connor rated it did not like it.

Be the first to discover fowwles talent! Mantissa also reveals much about Fowles’ writing process and literary outlook. The whole book is an argument between Green Fowles and himself Fowles using straw female figures as his discourse opponent.

Aug 30, Kara rated it it was ok.

Books by John Fowles. It is enormously focused, and seems a microscopic study of the cerebral and creative powers which pre This is the furiously powerful mind of Fowles scrutinising the form and subject and process of his novels, his instincts as an artist, and himself within the strange ‘walls’ of fiction.

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Thus, I may have missed many of the points he was trying to put across. The dialogues were complex and was too tedious to keep up with the deflection and segues that I could not understand. Miles responds with lectures on the modern novel. Man awakes in a hospital with memory loss with a female Doctor who says his only cure is sexual stimulation via her and a nurse.



FromFowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis. Even the muse Erata tells him “In my entire four thousand years I’ve never met such arrogance. Musings on literary movements! Want to Read saving…. I enjoy feeling smart when I read something or am told something.

This one seemed like the kind of thing you’d read in an English class in school, it’s so loaded with stuff. No trivia or quizzes yet. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I enjoyed the symbolic room which brought the reader into the fictional writer’s brain.

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The natural consequence of this is that writing about fiction has become a far more important manner than writing fiction itself. Fowles, of course, executes his “mantissa” O. What a turgid, ham-fisted bore this novel is! It is a boring, pretentious and uninspiring read. I found it a joyful, easy read, but unless one is a serious writer or student of literature the qualities of this book may be difficult to fathom.

Mantissa by John Fowles. He continued to revise it until the summer ofwhen he submitted it to a publisher; it appeared in the spring of and was an immediate best-seller.

A most sublime read for those interested in such topics; and perhaps a gruelling bore to those who aren’t. Preview — Mantissa by John Fowles.