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Happily, the “meta” part of this meta-novel seems largely subdued.

Apr 17, hilary rated it it was ok Shelves: John Fowles passed away on November 5, after a long illness. Sorry everyone, but Mantissa is a collection of meaningless ramblings, sometimes meandering through the author’s immoral sexual fantasies.

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. A Life in Two Worldswas published inand the first volume of his journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two.

Dec 24, Jenny Reading Envy rated it it was ok Shelves: I enjoyed the symbolic room which brought the reader into the fictional writer’s brain.

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This one seemed like the kind of thing you’d read in an English class in school, it’s so loaded with stuff.

The dialogues were complex and was too tedious to keep up with the deflection and segues that I could not understand. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to joun most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. 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.

Want to Read saving…. But I don’t, nantissa matter how well written it is. May 14, Travelin rated it liked it. Refresh and try again.

Mantissa by John Fowles

Sep 08, Rosie rated it it was ok. Paperbackpages. Mantissa by John Fowles. In late Fowles completed the first joun of The Collector in just four weeks. What a turgid, ham-fisted bore this novel is! My knowledge of Greek Mythology and the Muses is very limited, as is my knowledge of modernism, post-modernism and theory of literature.

The book opens with Green immobilized on a bed in a padded room. There he conversed, warred mantussa made love with his fictional female character in ping pong fashion. Erato confuses lung with Erica Jong.

After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years. Open Preview See a Problem? 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.

Then inThe Magus – drafts of which Fowles had been working on for over a decade – was published. Fowles admitted it was a bagatelle, a mere side-note novel hence the titlebut I found the book rowles Fowles self-parody; his most comic novel although there aren’t many belly-laughs. The time spent in Greece was of great importance to Fowles.


Fow,es 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 manfissa an artist, and himself within the strange ‘walls’ of fiction. Gowles, by the last chapter, I had lost all interest and had no desire to finish the book.


Bloated with self-importance and self-referential in the most smug way possible. He received a degree in French in and began to consider a manhissa as a writer. Per my, verbally, far more interesting ofwles, “Are the English Human?

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.

Jun 19, Natalia Oprea rated it liked it. Perhaps the book’s streak of narcissism was just too broad for my priggish tastes? Of his childhood, Fowles said “I have tried to escape ever since. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Oct 26, Michael O. Fowles, of course, executes his “mantissa” O.

It is critical, unflattering, amusing, fascinating and demanding. I mantisea read anything by Fowles yet, and judging by some of the reviews here this was a very bad one to start with. Outside of the bizarre but kind of unique ‘plot’ of the novel in the sense of the characters themselves and what actually happens outside of the dialoguethis book really is a mantissa.

Dec 08, Daniel Brewster rated it did not like it. I don’t have that kind of brain or interest.