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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A Life in Two Worldswas published inand the first volume of fiwles journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two. 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 amntissa in undiluted form: 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 anti-feminist in execution.

It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner.

It is a side skirmish on the battle of the sexes. 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.

I can understand how some hate it but I adored Fowles’ masterful writing, his wit and the incredible twists and turns in the narrative. It is worth reading, solely because it reveals to the readers the silliness and the stereotypes of their thinking in this endless but yet hilarious battle of the sexes Fowles self-parody; his most comic novel although there aren’t many belly-laughs.


Jun 19, Natalia Oprea rated it liked fowlles. Apr 17, hilary rated it it was ok Mantisea Because the doctor is suddenly transformed into Erato, Muse of love-poetry and fiction: In late Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks.

Imagine Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel written as a fictitious dialogue with himself. My knowledge of Greek Mythology and the Muses is very limited, as is my knowledge of modernism, post-modernism and theory of literature.

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Several teaching jobs followed: This book is terrible. The title alone should be an indication of the book. He continued to revise it until the summer ofwhen he submitted it to a publisher; it appeared fowlles the spring of and was an immediate best-seller. John Fowles passed away on November 5, after a long illness. I don’t have that kind of brain or interest. Serious fkwles fiction has only one subject: Actual literal masturbation over his own characters and prose.

Her character changed repeatedly, from a Goth boi to a demur, sensitive young girl. There was a problem adding your email address. The book opens with Green immobilized on a bed in a padded room. And, however richly executed, this remains an overextended intellectual vaudeville-sketch–alternately fascinating and tedious, with distinctly special, limited appeal.

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. I thought his suggestion to this imaginary woman that she try working as a reviewer was ugly and uncalled for.

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Wormholesa book of essays, was published in May Mildly amusing, mildly erotic, mildly neurotic. 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. He recalled the English suburban culture of the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional. Bloated with self-importance and self-referential in the most smug way possible.

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. 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.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Then part two happened. The author of two of my favorite novels The Magus and The Collector has failed me.

I love John Fowles, but this is ridiculous. Mantissa by John Fowles. Dec 01, Stephen rated it it was ok.