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It is a boring, pretentious and uninspiring read. Apr 17, hilary rated it it was ok Shelves: This is the furiously powerful mind of Fowles scrutinising the form and subject and process of his novels, his instincts as an fowlws, and himself within the strange ‘walls’ of fiction.

Please don’t waste your precious time on this.

John Fowles’ Mantissa left me perplexed – not because I couldn’t figure out that it’s a novel about the creative process; that much stares you in the face – but because I can’t quite put my finger on why it leaves a bad taste in my mouth said she, madly mixing metaphors. It also read as more than a touch misogynistic. FromFowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis. Erato confuses lung with Erica Jong.


I’m amazed, because I usually find Fowles’s work so engaging. Miles Green wakes up in a hospital bed, apparently afflicted with amnesia; soon kohn lovely doctor and a sexy nurse are matter-of-factly administering therapeutic sex to the outraged patient.

It is a side skirmish on the battle of the sexes. But this, this was a slog. Wormholesa book of essays, was published in May 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. Then inThe Magus – drafts of which Fowles had been working on for over a decade – was published.


John Fowles passed away on November 5, after a long illness. Imagine Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel written as a fictitious dialogue with himself. The protagonist immediately finds himself in a padded cell in some sort of asylum.

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But the Point is the only point, meaning the book just isn’t for me. Fowles, of course, executes his “mantissa” O.

You can’t have a male brain and intellect as well as a mania for being the universal girlfriend. I’ll still read his other book since they seem a lot more For the most part it was a fun, if not neurotic read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

This one seemed like the kind of thing you’d read in an English class in school, it’s so loaded with stuff. Godric’s College in London, where he ultimately served as the department head. But that self is also its own bickering spouse, mutually disdainful of the predicament taking place i.

Miles responds with lectures on the modern novel. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Just accept that that’s the way the biological cards have fallen. If you like existentialist metafiction, maybe you’ll like this. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Musings on literary movements! A few chapters less, rounded out, in Fowles own fashion, would have jhon for wonderful novel, beginning to end. 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.


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, mantissaa I can see no evidence that readers bother to even buy postmodernist books. Nov 14, Amanda Ure rated it liked it.

Dec 24, Jenny Reading Envy rated it it was ok Shelves: Happily, the “meta” part of this meta-novel seems largely subdued.

MANTISSA by John Fowles | Kirkus Reviews

Fowles then spent four years at Oxford, where he discovered the writings of the French existentialists. The dialogues were complex and was too tedious to keep up with the deflection and segues that I could not understand.

This book was tetrorchideously longer than it needed to be.