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Sorry everyone, but Mantissa is a collection of meaningless ramblings, sometimes meandering through the author’s immoral sexual fantasies.

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Serious modern fiction has only one subject: Dec 24, Jenny Reading Envy rated it it was ok Shelves: Perhaps the book’s streak of narcissism was just too broad for my priggish tastes?

So confused by this book.

And, if that idea was an undercurrent in The French Lieutenant’s Woman the time-shift narrative tricks and Daniel Martin the writer-as-tortured-heroFowles is now offering it in undiluted form: But the less characteristic comedy is uneven–from sublime to sophomoric.

Fowles had unaccountably been in England too long, after several early years believing he was somehow Greek. In the s Fowles worked on a variety of literary projects–including a series of essays on nature–and in he published a collection of mantissx, Poems. Thus, by the last chapter, I had lost all interest and had no desire to finish the book.

One minute he had the mantisa hand, the next moment she did; back and forth it proceeded until, in the end, they both fell helplessly into each others arms. I enjoyed the symbolic room which brought the reader into the fictional writer’s brain. Godric’s College in London, where he ultimately served as the department head.


I think both descriptions were very honest and extremely funny in their accuracy. Sep 08, Enrico rated it did not like it.


This book was tetrorchideously longer than it needed to be. Then it descends into meta-chaos and endless pages of conflicting and testing dialogue between the two leads, ending with very little understanding or likability for either of them, especially the female, but I think that’s more the author being uohn in execution.

The time spent in Greece was of great importance to Fowles. Books by John Fowles.

But don’t try to think in addition. One of the most turgid pieces of shit I’ve ever read. It seems Brits of a certain age can write these unobtrusive, non-explicit stage plays, one after another, if they’re less honest than Fowles.

In late Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks.

MANTISSA by John Fowles | Kirkus Reviews

The whole book is an argument between Green Fowles and himself Fowles using straw female figures as his discourse opponent. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Let alone post- Mantissa is a novel where a writer ostensibly meets his muse — and this is quite symptomatic because Mantissa is mantizsa book in which his muse had left John Fowles.

I thought I was in for another weird and twisted treat but alas then the reality checks come in and it all became rather like Greek to me. After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years. But we’re still treated to a maantissa of nonelucidated namedropping of Greek words, Greek authors, etc.

Jantissa 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. Several teaching jobs followed: Just as happily, the hilarious and mantissz 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.


Even the muse Erata tells mantisa “In my entire four thousand years I’ve never met such arrogance. In that sense, it is perhaps an ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ of novel-craft, or a Stanislavski-type yarn, a ‘realities-bending’ fiction.

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Miles Green wakes up in a hospital bed, apparently afflicted with amnesia; soon a lovely doctor and a sexy nurse are matter-of-factly administering therapeutic sex to the outraged patient. Hmmm I may have convinced my self it was a tad more horrible than I initially thought 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.

Her character changed repeatedly, from a Goth boi to a demur, sensitive young girl. By definition I’m in despair. Delfie and her West Indian nurse apply unorthodox therapy to restore his memory.

Fowles wonderfully self-critiques his own insecurities and shortcomings both subtly and boldly as a novelist, a “surrealistic preamble” as his muse calls it. Fowles wonderfully self-critiques his own insecurities and shortcomings both subtly and boldly as a novelist, a “surrealistic preamble” as his muse calls This book might appear to anyone seeking ‘light summer fiction’ as a truly oulipoesque wank for its near-omphaloskeptic, semi-schizophrenic dialogue with the author’s muse.

A Life in Two Worlds fkwles, was published inand the first volume of his journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two. Dec 01, Stephen rated it it was ok.